The event is headlined by UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira (33-7), who aims to defend his title for the first time tonight against former Rizin light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka (28-3-1).
It is also co-headlined by a championship affair, this one between UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (22-3), who looks to make the seventh-straight defense of her crown tonight opposing Taila Santos (19-1).
Back to our main event:
Coming into this fight, the champion has won his last six-straight, securing five finishes in that time and 28 finishes overall in his 33 wins. Then we have the challenger, who comes into the bout on a 12-fight win streak, having secured knockout victories in 11 of those, including his last 10-straight.
Oh, Prochazka also avenged his latest defeat to claim his world title back in 2019 and has gone 22-1-1 over his last 24 bouts.
Continue reading to see how this epic light heavyweight title clash went down:
Official Result: Jiri Prochazka def. Glover Teixeira via submission (bulldog choke) at 4:32 of round five
Prochazka starts the first round a bit more cautious than we’re used to seeing from him, and he ends up on his back early on in the first via a single leg from the champion. He’s able to work his way up a couple minutes later, to our surprise, and gets going on the feet.
However, some chaos ensues and Teixeira ends up taking Prochazka’s back.
Prochazka is able to work his way out again however and ends the first round reigning down vicious punches and elbows.
Prochazka gets to work in the second round and begins handily piecing Teixeira up, landing a wide variety of strikes, primarily punches at will. Teixeira’s chin is holding up well though, and after being beat on for three minutes he secures a knockdown and jumps to mount.
This is the second time Prochazka has been mounted in this fight, and though he’s defending well, he’s not able to escape it this time and eats some nasty ground and pound from the champion to end the second.
Prochazka starts the third just the same as the second, and Teixeira ends the third just the same as the second.
Prochazka’s striking is beginning to really wear on the champion, and Teixeira’s takedown attempts are continuously failing. Both men are very tired, but Prochazka is pulling away with his nasty shot selection and volume.
Prochazka drops the champion with a body shot and gets on top of him, where he reigns down some heavy shots, despite being exhausted. Teixeira then ends up getting on top and reigns down some shots himself to end the third.
Teixeira comes out in the fourth and takes advantage of the exhausted Prochazka by taking him down and securing mount, where he lays down some serious punishment from top position.
Teixeira locks up an arm-triangle choke and comes incredibly close to finishing the fight with it, before he loses it and ends up on bottom, where Prochazka pounds away until the end of the round.
This is an absolutely crazy fight!
Teixeira has an epic start to the fifth and final round, as he lands a nasty boxing combo that stuns the challenger badly, before giving up a takedown.
He’s back to his feet before long however, landing some more seriously hard punches on a fatigued opponent.
The round is spent with both men sharing more time on top, but it ends it the most incredible way, as Prochazka becomes the first man to ever submit Glover Teixeira, perhaps the greatest BJJ fighter the light-heavyweight division has ever seen.
The rear-naked choke is just the third submission win of Prochazka’s career, but the 28th finish in now 29 total wins.
After most likely being down on the cards, Jiri Prochazka is the new UFC light-heavyweight champion!
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