Jiri Prohazka injured, vacates title; Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev New UFC 282 Main Event


New UFC champion Jiri Prohazka in Brno, Czech Republic
New UFC light heavyweight champion Jiri Prohazka in Brno, Czech Republic Credit: Paradigm Sports/Twitter

This Wednesday night, the MMA world was hit with the extremely shocking news that Light Heavyweight Champion, Jiri Prochazka, has vacated his strap due to a severe orthopedic injury that has sidelined him for over a year.

First reported by Yahoo Sports.

Prochazka was set to defend his title in a huge rematch against former champion Glover Teixeira at UFC 282 on December 11. However, Teixeira has reportedly turned down the opportunity to fight another contender for the vacant title, paving the way for a new main event.

Glover Teixeira and Jiri Prohazka, UFC 275
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – JUNE 10: (LR) Opponents Glover Teixeira of Brazil and Jiri Prohazka of the Czech Republic during the UFC 275 weigh-in at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 10, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

After the 43-year-old retired, the new main event will consist of a fight between former champion Jan Blahovich and Russia’s Magomed Ankalaev. It is also being reported that this fight will serve as a vacant title fight. The two contenders were now facing each other for the co-main event.

The aforementioned, Blachowicz, is coming off a win over Alexander Rakic ​​and is currently ranked No. 2. This matchup, of course, has a question mark as Rakic ​​suffered a leg injury in Round 3, ending the fight.

Ankalaev, on the other hand, is on a nine-fight winning streak, with his most recent win coming over UFC veteran Anthony Smith, and is ranked #3.

Jiri Prohazka’s representatives mentioned that the 30-year-old player vacated his belt “out of respect for other competitors”.

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