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Video: Security steps between Paddy Pimblett and Ilia Topuria at UFC 282 press conference during heated confrontation

" LAS VEGAS – Paddy Pimblett and Ilia Topuria have a long history of bad blood, and another chapter was written Thursday at a UFC 282 pre-fight news conference. Though apart of separate matchups on Saturday’s card at T-Mobile Arena, Pimblett (19-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Topuria (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC)...

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LAS VEGAS – Paddy Pimblett and Ilia Topuria have a long history of bad blood, and another chapter was written Thursday at a UFC 282 pre-fight news conference.

Though apart of separate matchups on Saturday’s card at T-Mobile Arena, Pimblett (19-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Topuria (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) engaged in a war of words anyway.

The spat began when Topuria interrupted Pimblett’s opponent Jared Gordon, during a correction about past comments that Pimblett was a quitter.

The insults began to hurl. Pimblett called out Topuria’s representation of multiple countries. Topuria, meanwhile, swore at Pimblett in both English and Spanish.

At one point Pimblett invited Topuria to “do it then, you little fart.” Topuria half-heartedly took him up on his offer, as he got up and walked toward Pimblett before UFC security intervened.

The altercation led UFC president Dana White to say, “I don’t know what the hell just happened.”

Check out the full argument and altercation in the video above.

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 282 and check out the full pre-fight news conference video below.

UFC 282 video: Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev first faceoff for vacant title fight

" LAS VEGAS – The days are winding down until a new UFC light heavyweight champion is crowned, and as the UFC 282 headliner approaches, Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev finally had their first staredown. Following Thursday’s pre-fight press conference, which took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Blachowicz (29-9...

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LAS VEGAS – The days are winding down until a new UFC light heavyweight champion is crowned, and as the UFC 282 headliner approaches, Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev finally had their first staredown.

Following Thursday’s pre-fight press conference, which took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Blachowicz (29-9 MMA, 12-6 UFC) and Ankalaev (18-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) officially crossed paths for the first time during fight week and had a staredown.

Both men were respectful as they came face-to-face, and you can watch the video above.

Blachowicz and Ankalaev are fighting for vacant gold after Jiri Prochazka suffered a serious should injury that forced him to relinquish the strap. It’s expected he will get a title shot once healthy, but for now, he’s forced to watch two others compete for gold.

UFC 282 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+.

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 282 and check out the full pre-fight news conference video below.

UFC 282 video: Press conference faceoffs with Paddy Pimblett vs. Jared Gordon, Till vs. Du Plessis, more

" LAS VEGAS – The UFC 282 pre-fight news conference took place Thursday and the final five matchups on the card were in attendance to answer questions. At the conclusion of the festivities, the entire main card, which airs on pay-per-view, and the featured prelims, which air on ESPN2 and...

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LAS VEGAS – The UFC 282 pre-fight news conference took place Thursday and the final five matchups on the card were in attendance to answer questions.

At the conclusion of the festivities, the entire main card, which airs on pay-per-view, and the featured prelims, which air on ESPN2 and ESPN+, participated in some traditional staredowns.

The vacant championship headliner was locked in, but so were the remaining pairings, including a lightweight co-main event of Paddy Pimblett (19-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) vs. Jared Gordon (19-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC); the featured welterweight bout of Santiago Ponzinibbio (28-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC) vs. Alex Morono (22-7 MMA, 11-4 UFC); a middleweight clash of Darren Till (18-4-1 MMA, 6-4-1 UFC) vs. Dricus Du Plessis (17-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC), and lastly, a featherweight bout with Bryce Mitchell (15-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) vs. Ilia Topuria (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC).

The staredowns featured a range of emotions. Watch the video of the four non-title faceoffs above.

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 282 and check out the full pre-fight news conference video below.

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