Jiří Procházka vs. Alex Pereira Vacant LHW Title Fight Official For UFC 295 On November 11
Anticipation for the upcoming UFC 295 pay-per-view in New York City was already high owing to the main event event, which will see the great Jon Jones defend his heavyweight title for the first time against Stipe Miocic.
Now, setting the stage for “Bones” at Madison Square Garden will be the belt that he previously held.
The light heavyweight division has been through a tumultuous time in recent months, with both Jiří Procházka and his eventual successor Jamahal Hill vacating the strap due to injuries before having a chance to defend it.
On November 11, the Czech former champ will hope to bring order back to 205 pounds by beginning a second reign on the throne. To do so, he’ll have to stall the two-division ambitions of ex-middleweight titleholder Alex Pereira.
The pair’s UFC 295 co-headliner was announced by Dana White.
🚨 HUGE FIGHT NEWS 🚨November's #UFC295 co-main event will be @Jiri_BJP vs @AlexPereiraUFC for the vacant light heavyweight title!AND your #UFC296 headliners will be @Leon_EdwardsMMA vs @ColbyCovMMA, with Alexandre Pantoja vs @BrandonRoyval serving as the co-main! pic.twitter.com/GTD5pnd1BD
— UFC (@ufc) September 21, 2023
Procházka Targets 2-Time Status, Pereira Shoots For 2-Weight Glory
For both men, the collision inside the prestigious surroundings of MSG will mark the chance for a repeat.
Procházka (29-3-1), a former Rizin champion, earned a first shot at UFC gold after brutally knocking out Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes in his first two Octagon outings.
“Denisa” ultimately made the most of his opportunity against Glover Teixeira last June at UFC 275, where he came back from an insurmountable deficit on the scorecards to submit the Brazilian late in the day.
Having vacated the title owing to a shoulder injury and remained on the sidelines since, Procházka will hope to extend his unbeaten run at the expense of his most recent opponent’s protégé.
Pereira (8-2) has had a whirlwind journey in mixed martial arts since leaving his kickboxing success in the rearview mirror. After three UFC triumphs, “Poatan” won the middleweight gold by adding the name of Israel Adesanya to his combat sports record for the third time.
But after being viciously slept in their rematch this past April, the Brazilian made a change, switching to light heavyweight. In his divisional debut, “Poatan” narrowly outpointed ex-champ Jan Błachowicz at UFC 291, paving the way for a quick chance at achieving ‘champ-champ’ status.
With this addition, the current fights expected to take place at UFC 295 on November 11 are as follows:
- Jon Jones (C) vs. Stipe Miocic (heavyweight championship main event)
- Jiří Procházka vs. Alex Pereira (light heavyweight championship co-main event)
- Jessica Andrade vs. Mackenzie Dern (strawweight)
- Matt Schnell vs. Steve Erceg (flyweight)
- Pat Sabatini vs. Diego Lopes (featherweight)
- Jared Gordon vs. Mark O. Madsen (lightweight)
- Mateusz Rębecki vs. Nurullo Aliev (lightweight)
- Joshua Van vs. Kevin Borjas (flyweight)
- Dennis Buzukja vs. Jammall Emmers (featherweight)
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