The MMA community loses it upon the news of Jiri Prochazka vacating the UFC light heavyweight title after a serious injury and forcing a change to the UFC 282 main event.
One day before Thanksgiving in the U.S., the upcoming UFC 282 pay-per-view event has been flipped on its head.
Per a report from Yahoo’s Kevin Iole, Jiri Prochazka has reportedly suffered a serious injury that has not only forced him out of the upcoming main event UFC light heavyweight championship rematch with Glover Teixeira but has also forced him to vacate the championship.
Teixeira reportedly has turned down an opportunity to fight someone else for the vacant title, and the UFC has elected to go with former champion Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev as the pay-per-view’s new main event. The winner of Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev will become the new champion.
Twitter reacts to Jiri Prochazka vacating title due to injury, Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev as new UFC 282 main event
Prochazka defeated Teixeira via fifth-round submission earlier this year at UFC 275 — a fight considered a favorite to win Fight of the Year honors. Teixeira was up 3-1 on the judges’ scorecards before the finish.
Blachowicz, currently ranked No. 2 in the UFC’s light heavyweight rankings, will enter the new UFC 282 main event with wins in six of his last seven fights. He originally won the then-vacant at UFC 253 with a second-round TKO of Dominick Reyes. In his only successful title defense, Blachowicz became the first man to defeat then-UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in MMA, scoring a unanimous decision in their UFC 259 superfight.
Blachowicz lost the championship to Teixeira at UFC 267 via second-round submission.
Ankalaev, the No. 3 contender currently, has not lost since dropping his UFC debut, winning nine straight. He most recently fought at UFC 277, where he finished Anthony Smith.