Paddy Pimblett and Jared Gordon were bumped to UFC main event


Paddy Pimblett gets to prove his star power even more with his fight against Jared Gordon now serving as the new co-main event of UFC 282. Officials from UFC announced this move Wednesday.

The news comes after the card endured a major shift. After suffering major shoulder injuries, Jiri Prochazka was forced to give up his title as light heavyweight fighter. He will need surgery and be out of action for some time. As a result, an already scheduled bout between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev will move to the main event slot with the winner being crowned the new undisputed UFC light heavyweight champion.

Blachowicz and Ankalaev being the headliner, Pimblett & Gordon were invited to take over the co-main slot at Dec. 10.. The pay-per-view event takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Currently sporting a perfect 3-0 UFC record, Pimblett has become one of the fastest-rising stars on the entire roster. The 27-year-old British lightweight has commanded a large audience ever since making his debut, and now he’ll get the chance to co-headline the final UFC pay-per-view of 2022.

Meanwhile, Gordon steps into the most high-profile opportunity of his career. The 24-fight veteran has gone 4-1 in his past four fights, including a victory over Leonardo Santos in his previous outing before being booked against Pimblett.

Robbie Lawler vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio and Bryce Mitchell vs. Ilia Topuria remains on the main card at UFC 282, and a fifth fight is expected to be added.