Perhaps criminally overlooked and overshadowed by Paddy Pimblett’s beef with

Ilia Topuria was the Georgian’s fight with Bryce Mitchell at UFC 282.

In the build up to the event, Pimblett had stolen the show, and reignited his feud with

Topuria following a bottle-throwing incident at UFC London last March. But Topuria vs. Mitchell was arguably the best fight on the UFC 282 card,

a battle of two featherweights sporting undefeated records and ready to break into the top of the division.

Ranked #8 and #9 respectively, the winner of Mitchell vs. Topuria was likely to be circling the top five come next week, if not in it.

With the action underway, Topuria unleashed a nasty leg kick inside of thirty seconds, spinning Bryce Mitchell right around.

The lone kick resulted in Mitchell switching stances, underscoring just how crisp that kick had been. 

Mitchell flashed a front kick, but his bread and butter was on the ground, and he was having trouble closing the distance. 

Especially with Topuria’s striking sharp, several blows landing clean. A wild takedown attempt was stuffed by Topuria just past two minutes in.

Around that point, the pair inadvertently clashed heads. Mitchell also ate a clean right hand, leading to a bit of blood trickling down

his forehead. Bryce came close on a takedown, staying on a leg, but Topuria was right back up, freeing himself.