Mon. Nov 28th, 2022

Jiri Prochazka versus Glover Teixeira 2 has been canceled after Prochazka pulled out and vacated the UFC gentle heavyweight title as a consequence of harm. (Picture by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)

UFC gentle heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka has suffered a big harm to his proper shoulder, forcing him to not solely pull out of his UFC 282 title protection versus Glover Teixeira, but additionally to vacate his belt. Teixeira declined a chance to combat another person for the title, so the UFC has made former champion Jan Blachowicz versus Magomed Ankalaev the the primary occasion on Dec. 10 at T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas.

Tim Simpson, Prochazka’s supervisor, stated “the shoulder received wrecked in a normal wrestling accident kind of factor.” UFC president Dana White stated the docs instructed him that the harm is in depth.

“That is the worst shoulder harm the docs have seen in UFC historical past,” White instructed Yahoo Sports activities. “It is actually f***ing dangerous. His shoulder could be very, very dangerous. He will have severe surgical procedure that can require in depth rehab.”

Simpson stated the harm occurred on the UFC Efficiency Institute. He stated it popped out and somebody popped it again in.

“You know the way shoulders are, proper?” Simpson stated. “It pops out and a number of the time, you pop it proper again in. There was a wait and it popped out. And also you by no means actually know with a shoulder till you dig into it.”

Simpson stated the staff was within the means of figuring out when and the place the surgical procedure would happen.

Prochazka later launched an announcement by way of Instagram wherein he says his harm would require surgical procedure and he’ll be out for a minimum of six months. The now former champion additionally stated he vacated the belt to not maintain up the division, however will combat whoever is champion when he returns.

Prochazka gained the title from Teixeira at UFC 275 on June 11 in Singapore. He submitted Teixeira with a rear bare choke with 28 seconds left in a match that may be a front-runner for Struggle of the Yr.

The UFC provided Teixeira a bout in opposition to Ankalaev for the vacant title, however he declined it. Yahoo Sports activities was unable to achieve Teixeira, however Hunter Campbell, the UFC’s chief enterprise officer, stated Teixeira “most likely” wished to win the title again from Prochazka.

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“We met with Jiri final night time and pay attention, this man is among the classiest people of all-time,” White stated. “He’s such a warrior and was so bummed out. He introduced up stepping apart to us earlier than we ever received there. He will be out a very long time and in some unspecified time in the future, we’d most likely have needed to strip him. However he introduced it as much as us and stated out of respect for the opposite fighters, he did not need to maintain up the division. Let me inform you, that child’s a stud, man, to react like that.

“We provided Glover the combat [against Ankalaev]. For some purpose, he did not need the combat, so we needed to transfer on. If we could not have the rematch, getting Ankalaev, who has the second-longest profitable streak in gentle heavyweight historical past, and Blachowicz, who’s the previous champion, is admittedly lucky. All of it fell into place for us because it usually appears to do. However that is an awesome combat, too, and now it is for the total title.”

Blachowicz is ranked No. 2 and Ankalaev No. 3 within the UFC’s present gentle heavyweight rankings. Ankalaev is 18-1 general and has gained 9 in a row within the UFC since his solely profession defeat, a triangle choke submission loss to Paul Craig on March 17, 2018, in London in his UFC debut.

Blachowicz is the previous UFC champion who misplaced his belt to Teixeira in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, at UFC 267 on Oct. 30, 2021. He returned to win one combat, defeating Aleksandar Rakic by way of TKO on Might 14 in Las Vegas. Rakic suffered a knee harm which compelled the top of that bout.

The brand new co-main occasion at UFC 282 is a light-weight combat between rising prospect Paddy Pimblett (19-3) and Jared Gordon (19-5).

Magomed Ankalaev (left), proven punching Anthony Smith in Dallas, Texas, throughout a July 30 bout at UFC 277 on the American Airways Middle, will meet Jan Blachowicz for the vacant gentle heavyweight title in the primary occasion of UFC 282 on Dec. 10 at T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas. (Picture by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

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