After Jiri Prochazka relinquished the title due to an injury — which forced him out of the UFC 282 main event with Glover Teixeira, Blachowicz and Ankalaev will meet for the vacant championship in the new headliner of the UFC’s final pay-per-view event of the year, which takes place Dec. 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Check out the new poster for the event below.
After losing the title to Teixeira at UFC 267 in October 2021, Blachowicz earned a victory in his lone 2022 appearance — a third-round injury TKO win over Aleksandar Rakic in the main event of May’s UFC Vegas 54 event. Blachowicz was already set to face Ankalaev in the co-main event of UFC 282 in a perceived No. 1 contender bout before getting elevated to the main event.
Check out the full UFC 282 card below.
Main Card (10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV)
Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev - vacant light heavyweight title fight
Preliminary Card (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN+)
Early Prelims (5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass)
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Antonio Trocoli
Cameron Saaiman vs. TBD