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Jiri Prochazka Injured, Vacates Title; Blachowicz vs Ankalaev New UFC 282 Main Event

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

In the most shocking news from the MMA world on Wednesday night, light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka has been sidelined for more than a year due to a serious orthopedic injury.

First reported by Yahoo Sports.

On December 11, Prochazka will defend his title at UFC 282 in a rematch against former champion Glover Teixeira. However, Teixeira reportedly turned down the chance to fight another contender for the vacant title, paving the way for a new main event.

Glover Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka, UFC 275
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – JUNE 10: (LR) Glover Teixeira of Brazil and Giri Prochazka of the Czech Republic during the UFC 275 weigh-in on June 10, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

With the 43-year-old retiring, the new main event will include a fight between former champion Jan Blachowicz and streaking Russian Magomed Ankalaev. It has also been reported that the match will serve as a vacant title fight. The two contenders are already competing against each other in the joint main event.

The aforementioned Blachowicz took the win over Alexander Rakic ​​and is currently in 2nd place. There was of course a question mark in this fight, as Rakic ​​suffered a leg injury in round 3, ending the fight.

Ankaraev, on the other hand, has a nine-game winning streak, with his last victory over UFC veteran Anthony Smith for No. 3.

A representative for Jiri Prochazka mentioned that the 30-year-old vacated his belt “out of respect for the other contenders”.

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