Dana White isn’t sure who Jiri Prochazka will fight in his first title defense.
In the main event of UFC 275, Prochazka and Teixeira had one of the best fights of the year as the two went back and forth for the entire fight. Both men had moments when they had the other hurt but in the end, it was Prochazka winning by fifth-round submission to become the new champ.
Since the fight, Teixeira has said he wants an immediate rematch while Prochazka has shown some interest in it, as well. However, according to White, he’s uncertain if the rematch will come next but he says the fight does make sense.
Are Jiri vs. Glover and Shevchenko vs. Santos rematches in the UFC's plans?
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“I don’t know, we’ll see. But yeah, it makes sense. It was awesome. Awesome fight, it was an incredible fight,” White said to TSN about a potential Prochazka-Teixeira rematch. “I literally watched it in a sprinter van that night and was freaking out during the fight. It was incredible and it absolutely makes to make that fight again but we’ll see what happens.”
If Prochazka and Teixeira do not rematch, then it seems likely that either Jan Blachowicz or the winner of Magomed Ankalaev-Anthony Smith will get the next title shot. Both fights would be tough tests for Prochazka and Teixeira would likely need to get another win to earn another title shot as the Brazilian has said he’s hungry to come back and reclaim the title.
Jiri Prochazka (29-3-1) is a perfect 3-0 in the UFC as he has the submission win over Teixeira and knockout wins over Dominick Reyes and Volkan Oezdemir. Prior to signing with the UFC, he was the RIZIN light heavyweight champion and holds notable wins over Vadim Nemkov, Bruno Cappeloza, Karl Albrektsson, King Mo, Fabio Maldonado, and CB Dollaway, Satoshi Ishii, and Darko Stosic among countless others.