UFC 282: Blachowicz vs Ankalaev Predictions, Odds, and Best Bets
UFC fans have had this one circled on their calendars for quite some time now, and they should all be happy to hear that IT…IS…TIME! UFC 282 is just days away, and I’m here to tell you everything you need to know about the event, from how you can watch it, where you can bet on it, and who you should even be betting on. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.
How To Watch UFC 282
UFC 282 is this Saturday, December 10th, and the early prelims kickoff at 530 PM EST. Those can be viewed on ESPN+ as well as UFC Fight Pass. The regular prelims, set to start at 8 PM EST, can be viewed on ESPN 2 and ESPN+. If you plan on watching the main card, you’ll have to make it to 10 PM EST and you’ll have to buy the pay-per-view through ESPN.
How To Bet On UFC 282
As long as online sports betting is legal in your state, you can bet on UFC 282 through any of these online sportsbooks. Personally, I’m a DraftKings Sportsbook guy, and those are the odds I will be using for my best bets. However, there are a number of different online casinos to choose from, each with their own set of promotions and odds that you can search through to find what best suits your needs.
UFC 282 Odds
Cameron Saaiman (-320) vs Steven Koslow (+265)
Vinicius Salvador (-210) vs Daniel Da Silva (+180)
TJ Brown (-110) vs Erik Silva (-110)
Billy Quarantillo (-165) vs Alexander Hernandez (+140)
Chris Curtis (+135) vs Joaquin Buckley (-155)
Edmen Shahbazyan (-280) vs Dalcha Lungiambula (+235)
Raul Rosas Jr. (-230) vs Jay Perrin (+195)
Jairzinho Rozenstruik (-170) vs Chris Daukaus (+145)
Bryce Mitchell (+115) vs Ilia Topuria (-135)
Darren Till (+155) vs Dricus Du Plessis (-180)
Paddy Pimblett (-250) vs Jared Gordon (+210)
Jan Blachowicz (+235) vs Magomed Ankalaev (-280)
UFC 282 Best Bets
Bryce Mithcell (+115) over Ilia Topuria
This is a great matchup between two top young featherweights, as both Mitchell and Topuria have been high on the UFC radar for quite some time. It’s fair to assume that no one figured Mitchell would be this good–on the outside, he’s just a corn-fed boy from Arkansas that knows his way around a tractor. He doesn’t train at a major gym, didn’t really have many credentials to his name when he started and is in general an unimposing figure. Despite all this, Mitchell has more than proven himself, winning six-straight in the UFC to break into the featherweight top 10. Ilia Toporia, however, has always been in the spotlight. Initially a highly touted grappler, Topuria has been a knockout machine in the UFC, sleeping each of his last three opponents. He’s favored in this fight against Mitchell, and for good reason–he’s a great fighter that has been nothing but deadly.
That said, I think Mitchell edges this one out. We’ve seen Mitchell fight a striker, and look what happened (an absolute beatdown over Edson Barboza). However, we have never seen Topuria take on a wrestler of Mitchell’s caliber, and I think he will be surprised and overwhelmed by his Arkansas strength.
Darren Till (+155) over Dricus Du Plessis
When guys go away for a bit, we like to completely forget about them. That’s what is happening here with Darren Till. Till is on a skid for sure, losing four of his last five. However, looking at his performances and his opponents, there is no doubting Till’s skills as a fighter. He’s got immense power and a chin of steel, and should really make mince meat of Du Plessis.
Jan Blachowicz (+235) over Magomed Ankalaev
People have been predicting the belt around Ankalaev’s waist for quite some time now–but I think he’ll have to wait even longer. Jan is not only an incredibly dangerous fighter, but he has something that Ankalaev does not–experience. Not experience in fighting, they both have plenty–but Blachowicz has experience in moments like this. It’s also important to note that Blachowicz’s last loss was a submission to Glover Teixeira, so it’s not like he’s coming off of a beat down. Also, he knocked out Aleksander Rakic in his last fight in May, so he’s more than capable of still bringing the power.