Jiri Prochazka (29-3-1) has beaten veteran UFC legend, Glover Teixeira (33-28), to become the new light-heavyweight champion in Singapore at the UFC 275 main event.
The 29-year-old Czech star was tested throughout the fight by the 42-year-old former champ, but did just enough towards the end to be crowned the new king of the light heavyweight division.
Fans were a bit taken aback on social media to see Teixeria being beaten at his own game as the new champ submitted him via rear naked choke. The fight ended with merely 30 seconds left on the clock, at 4:32 mark of the fifth and final round.
The main event was not going Prochazka’s way as smoothly as the youngster may have anticipated, courtesy of Teixeira’s dominance in the ground game where he did not let the Czech fighter take control.
Despite being 42, the fight was going the Brazilian legend’s way. Had the showdown gone onto the decision,
Teixeira would have retained his title but the last minute spoiled the fun for him. He took down Prochazka five times in the fight, landed more strikes (112) and was more accurate with significant strikes as well (68.9%) as compared to the Czech star.
In the co-main event, Weili Zhang (22-3) attained a 2-0 clean sheet against longtime rival, Joanna Jędrzejczyk (16-5). The Chinese juggernaut knocked Jędrzejczyk out with a spinning backfist in only the second minute of the fight to win the rematch.
The two fighters last met in March 2020 where Zhang won by decision.
Jędrzejczyk hung her gloves after her second loss in a row. Speaking to Daniel Cormier during the post-fight interview inside the cage, the 34-year-old announced her retirement.
"I'm turning 35 this year. I want to be a mom. I want to be a businesswoman," the former champ said.
As for Weili, she was over the moon to end her two-fight losing streak to Rose Namajunas. "I'm very, very happy for this fight," Zhang said. "I told myself I would use all of my aspects to beat my opponent, and I did it."
She was quick to call out Carla Esparza. "It's not your territory; it's not my territory. Let's meet in Abu Dhabi and fight together in a very balanced place."
Speaking of juggernauts among women fighters, Valentina Shevchenko (23-3) continued her dominance as she defended her flyweight championship for the seventh time.
The Kyrgyzstani raced to her ninth UFC victory in a row by beating Taila Santos (19-2) via split decision tonight. This made her the first woman in UFC history to successfully defend a championship seven times, breaking Ronda Rousey's record.
"When you've finished a fight, every time you find something to improve," Shevchenko said. "This is the championship mindset. Every time, you go farther and farther. I did everything. I left my heart in this Octagon. I can tell everyone, fans of MMA, I left my heart in here."
But despite a mediocre performance from the 34-year-old, the scorecards suggested otherwise which angered the MMA fans on social media as well. Two judges scored the contest 49-46 and 48-47 for Shevchenko, but the other had it 48-47 for Santos. This was the closest Shevchenko has come to a defeat.
“Apparently if you almost finish the fight on the feet, you clearly win the round. If you almost finish the fight on the ground, it probably does nothing. Shevchenko is an excellent fighter but made critical of mistakes tonight and I thought she lost tonight.”— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) June 12, 2022
UFC 275 fight results:
- Main Event: Jiri Prochazka beats Glover Teixeira via submission
- Co-Main Event: Valentina Shevchenko defeats Taila Santos by split decision
- Zhang Weili defeats Joanna Jedrzejczyk via knockout
- Jake Matthews defeats Andre Fialho via TKO
- Jack Della Maddalena defeats Ramazan Emeev via TKO
- Josh Culibao defeats SeungWoo Choi via split decision
- Maheshate defeats Steve Garcia via knockout
- Brendan Allen defeats Jacob Malkoun via unanimous decision
- Kyung Ho Kang defeats Batgerel Danaa via unanimous decision
- Silvana Gomez Juarez defeats Liang Na via knockout
- Joselyne Edwards defeats Ramona Pascual via unanimous decision