As it is, the main talking point that came out of UFC 282 was not the UFC’s failure to crown the Light Heavyweight Champion, as expected. Or even that they dropped Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev as title contenders after fighting for a tiebreaker in the PPV main event.
Instead, the storyline that captured fans, critics, and headlines alike revolved around an unranked lightweight bout that served as the co-main event of the night. There he fought rising star Buddy Pemblett Jared Jordan to a unanimous decision victory, with all three judges awarding Gordon both “Buddy” rounds. The census put them in a minority among viewers, who seemed almost unanimous in their belief that “Flash” Gordon should have been given the green light.
Even the UFC broadcast team was surprised by the result. Well…you might be surprised that’s not the right word. Joe Rogan was in the octagon when the decision was read, and his face said it all.
For his part, Pemblitt seems fully convinced he was the best man in the octagon that night, telling the media that “the fights are paying off now. I’ve taken a lot of damage.”
That likely means it will leave Gordon in the rearview mirror as Liverpool residents seek bigger and bigger spells. in Share on his Twitter accountHowever, Gordon argued for a rematch, writing that “with all the controversy surrounding our fight, I would love to bring it back with you guys in London.”
Bettors have Pemblett seated on the favourite, 140, in the unlikely event that he and Gordon fight again.
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