Jiří Procházka is the former champion who relinquished his belt last year due to a shoulder injury. He beat Glover Teixeira in a violent war early that year at UFC 275. Teixeira coaches his opponent this weekend, Alex Pereira, one of the most intimidating men to ever grace the octagon
Pereira has earned his shot after moving up to 205lbs and beating Jan Blachowicz in a close contest back in the summer. He brings an incredible striking pedigree from an illustrious kickboxing career, which he has shown in his six UFC bouts so far.
If Pereira was successful in defeating Jiří Procházka, he would have four wins over UFC champions in only seven fights in two years with the company.
Procházka has been inactive for about 18 months and is coming in off the back of surgery, so he has a mountain of a task but truly believes he will reclaim his belt.
What Unfolded During Alex Pereira vs. Jiri Prochazka
The main event provided a back-and-forth battle for as long as it lasted. Pereira started well, attacking the calves and slowing Jiri’s movement. Jiri was able to assert some dominance on the mat after taking the Brazilian down to potentially take the first round. However, in round two, it seemed as if Jiri had hurt Pereira with a barrage of strikes, but ‘Poatan’ quickly returned fire, landing the famous left hook. After dropping Jiri, Pereira landed several elbows to the temple of Jiri, which sent him crashing to the canvas, forcing the referee to intervene.
Official UFC 295 Results: Alex Pereira def. Jiri Procházka via TKO at 4:08 of Round 2
See how the UFC roster reacted to the big performance from Alex Pereira.
UFC Fighters React to Pereira Becoming UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
Following his second round stoppage victory, Alex Pereira called out Israel Adesanya to fight at 205lbs. Who would you like to see him face next? Let us know in the comments!
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