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Jiri Prochazka injured, Jan Blachovic faces Magomed Ankalaev for vacant title at UFC 282, Glover Teixeira frustrated

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A shoulder injury caused a major change to the top of the card at UFC 282.

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jerry Prochazka has pulled out of his scheduled rematch against former reigning champion Glover Teixeira. In addition, according to the UFC, Prochazka, who is anticipating a lengthy rehabilitation, appears to have vacated the title due to his long-awaited dismissal.

Prochazka confirmed the news in a recent post on her Instagram page.

I am so disappointed to announce that I will not be defending my belt at @ufc282. I injured myself while training in Las Vegas finishing my preparations to defend my title in the UFC Lightweight division. I injured my shoulder and had to undergo surgery which will prevent me from working for at least 6 months. Knowing this information, I decided, after consulting with UFC management, that due to lack of time, I would not hold the lightweight division and vacate the title. I will pack the UFC as soon as the doctors give me the go-ahead to fight. I will choose the belt and I will have it regardless of who is currently wearing it. The most important thing for me has always been to do my best and compare myself to the best. Let the best emerge, no matter who’s out there now. I’ll come back in six months and take the title from whoever holds it. I apologize to my fans, friends and family who bought tickets and planned to come to Las Vegas to support me, it means a lot to me. I also want to apologize to Glover. Overcoming!

The new main event of the fight card on December 10 will now be between former lightweight champion Jan Balashovich and Magomed Ankalayev, facing off for the released belt.

According to Hé ho Teixeira, he declined to face Ankalaev as a short-term alternate contender for the belt. It was reported by Ariel Helwani that Teixeira instead demanded a rematch with Jan Blachowicz on December 10, where the Polish fighter was an opponent he already knew. However, the UFC clearly positioned Ankalaev as their star competitor and declined Teixeira’s counter offer to face Ankalaev at UFC 283 in January – saying they needed a title fight for control of the card. UFC 282.

UFC President Dana White called Prochazka’s injury “the worst shoulder injury doctors have seen in UFC history.” It’s really bad. His shoulder really bad. He will undergo a serious operation that will require extensive rehabilitation. »

Prochazka, who joined the UFC in 2020 with a professional record of 26-3-1 in MMA, won the UFC light heavyweight title in his third contest with the promotion. Prochazka submitted Teixeira in the fifth round of her June match at UFC 275. The rematch between the two was to be Prochazka’s first title defense. The first match between Prochazka and Teixeira won the “Fight of the Night” honor.

Prochazka is 3-0 in the UFC with three stoppage wins. The 30-year-old (now) former champ is expected to fight for the belt when he’s ready to return to the octagon.

Full UFC statement on UFC 282:

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jiri Prochazka has suffered a shoulder injury that requires a major rehabilitation period. Out of respect for the athletes and the division, Prochazka has elected to vacate her title and will compete for the belt once it is medically cleared.

As a result, the new main event of UFC 282 will see former champion and second seed Jan Blachowicz take on #3 seed Magomed Ankalaev for the vacant UFC Undisputed Heavyweight Championship.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt With his legendary knockout power, Blachowicz has racked up four of his last six victories in emphatic fashion and looks to reclaim his lost crown with another signature win. Ankalaev is currently riding the second longest winning streak in UFC lightweight history with nine wins, five of which are coming, and plans to extend his streak by winning his first UFC title.

Due to a change in the main event, refunds will be available at the point of sale. UFC 282: BLACHOWICZ VS ANKALAEV takes place Saturday, December 10th from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Along with the new light heavyweight title fight, the PPV is expected to feature a lightweight bout between Paddy Pimblett and Jared Gordon, as well as a welterweight bout between former champions Robbie Lawler and Santiago Ponzinibbio.

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