Jiri Prochazka’s rematch with Glover Teixeira is not going to happen at UFC 282 after Prochazka suffered “a shoulder damage that may require a big rehabilitation interval,” the UFC introduced on Wednesday following an preliminary report from Yahoo! Sports.
As a outcome of the scratch, Prochazka has vacated the UFC gentle heavyweight title and the UFC has promoted a lightweight heavyweight fight between ex-champ Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev to the primary occasion of the Dec. 10 pay-per-view, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Blachowicz and Ankalaev will fight for the vacant gentle heavyweight title. The UFC is providing refunds to ticket holders of the unique predominant occasion.
“Out of respect for the athletes and the division, Prochazka has elected to vacate his title and can compete for the belt as quickly as he’s medically cleared,” the UFC said in a ready launch despatched to MMA Fighting.
According to ESPN.com, the character of the damage may probably require as much as one 12 months of restoration time. An individual near Prochazka, who declined to be named publicly because of the sensitivity of the fighter’s scenario, confirmed the damage was to the now ex-champ’s shoulder. The individual stated the damage would require surgical procedure and added it “shall be an extended street again sadly.”
MMA Fighting was not instantly capable of attain Teixeira for touch upon the shakeup.
The reportedly former gentle heavyweight champ was set to make his first title protection in a rematch of a “Fight of the Year” candidate in opposition to ex-champ Teixeira, who misplaced through fifth-round submission of their first assembly, a back-and-forth slugfest in June at UFC 275.
The Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev matchup put the winner in prime place to win for the title. Blachowicz, who ceded the belt to Teixeira in 2021, referred to as out Prochazka instantly after the Czech fighter’s title win. But the brand new champion determined as an alternative to run again his fight with Teixeira, eager to appropriate what he felt was his worst profession efficiency.
Below is the UFC’s full assertion on Prochazka’s damage and the brand new UFC 282 predominant occasion:
UFC gentle heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka has suffered a shoulder damage that may require a big rehabilitation interval. Out of respect for the athletes and the division, Prochazka has elected to vacate his title and can compete for the belt as quickly as he’s medically cleared.
As a outcome, the brand new UFC 282 predominant occasion will see former champion and No. 2 ranked Jan Blachowicz takes on surging No. 3 ranked Magomed Ankalaev for the vacant, undisputed UFC gentle heavyweight championship.
A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt with legendary knockout energy, Blachowicz has completed 4 of his final six wins in emphatic vogue and appears to recapture his misplaced crown with one other signature victory. Ankalaev is at the moment using the second-longest successful streak in UFC gentle heavyweight historical past with 9 victories, together with 5 through end, and plans to increase his streak by claiming his first UFC title.
Due to a change in the primary occasion, refunds shall be out there on the level of sale. UFC 282: BLACHOWICZ vs ANKALAEV takes place Saturday, December 10 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.