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Glover Teixeira vs. Jiri Prochazka, one of the best fights ever!

Glover Teixeira vs. Jiri Prochazka, one of the best fights ever!

Jun 13
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Jiri Prochazka ended Glover Teixeira’s title defense by submission with 28 seconds remaining in the fifth round at UFC 275 on Sunday.

The 42-year-old Teixeira became a first-time UFC champion at 205 pounds late last year.

During a back-and-forth fight that left both men cut and bleeding, Prochazka, the Czech challenger, ended one of the most exciting title bouts in recent UFC history with a rare choke hold.

As the fight entered its final seconds, Prochazka was able to secure an orthodox rear-naked choke and finished Teixeira via submission at 4:32 of the fifth and final round in the main event of UFC 275 in Singapore.

One of the most brutal fights in MMA history saw both fighters take a career’s worth of punishment.

"Prochazka vs. Teixeira was one of the greatest title fights of all time. That was madness. Both men are incredible. We knew that, but wow. Thank you guys."

- Tanner Boser

Texeira pounded Jiri early

It looked as if Teixeira would maul Prochazka with his superior wrestling. As Teixeira took Prochazka down multiple times in the first round, he got into a mount and landed hard shots from the top. Prochazka, however, was able to shuck Teixeira off his back near the end of the round and land hard ground-and-pound exchanges on the canvas.

Jun 12, 2022; Singapore, SIN; Glover Teixera (red gloves) fights Jiri Prochazka (blue gloves) during UFC 275 at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Miller-USA TODAY Sports

This was a Stunning Upset

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Teixeira was ranked No. 1 and Prochazka was No. 4 at light heavyweight according to ESPN’s ranking of the best pound-for-pound MMA fighters in the world.

"I'm ready to end it first or fifth round, doesn't matter, doesn't matter which technique. That came naturally. I just watched the moment, what opportunity is before me."

- Jiri Prochazka

Jiri Prochazka's name interpreted in english is Johnny Walker

Prochazka (29-3-1) has won 13 straight, including his first three in UFC. The Czech Republic native has finished 11 in a row.  The 29-year-old Prochazka was coming off a second-round spinning back elbow knockout of Dominick Reyes in May 2021, a knockout of the year contender. “Denisa” is the former light heavyweight champion of Japan’s Rizin Fighting Federation promotion.

 

"I screwed up my left hand and I was just observing the moment, the opportunity in front of me."

- Jiri Prochazka

"He tapped! NO WAY! No f**king way. Jiri f**king tapped him out! What a f**king fight! What an absolute f**king war, man,"

- Dana White

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