Results and highlights of UFC 282: Jared Gordon loses to Paddy Pimblett in a decision after a struggle with grappling

In the UFC, Paddy Pimblett has a perfect record so far. In the co-main event of UFC 282 on Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada, Pimblett defeated seasoned Octagon veteran Jared Gordon a narrow margin by way of a close decision.

Gordon made Pimblett pay for his propensity to maintain a high chin early and frequently. Hard left hooks from Gordon were frequently uncorked, and they attracted Pimblett’s steel chin like a magnet. Despite two judges giving Round 1 to Pimblett, who had his moments, it seemed like he was generally landing the less powerful blows. The second stanza saw more rivalry. Despite taking some strong shots, neither player was seriously injured. Both guys had their moments. Pimblett scored more overall and somewhat more crucial hits in what was a toss up.

Viewers will disagree about Round 3. For the majority of the round, Gordon kept Pimblett up against the cage, but he seldom connected with any significant blows. The number of strikes was modest on both sides, but Pimblett scored a few well-placed knees and elbows while facing the fence. Pimblett won the bout 29–28 on all three judges’ scores, but some judges gave each boxer a different number of rounds.

Despite strong contenders earlier in the evening, Pimblett told UFC announcer Joe Rogan after the fight that the pair deserved Fight of the Night. Pimblett also disclosed that he suffered a foot injury early in the battle and that he wished to collaborate with Gordon on fundraising initiatives.

Pimblett increased his professional record to 20-3 and went 4-0 in the UFC with three stoppages. In his last four fights, Gordon, who is currently 19-6 overall, has alternated between victories and defeats.