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Alex Pereira Wins Second UFC Belt With TKO Of Jiri Prochazka


In just two years, Alex Pereira has been a part of the UFC. He has now won titles in two weight divisions.

In the main event of UFC 295 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, Pereira submitted Jiri Prochazka by TKO at 4:08 of the second round. Pereira became the eighth two-division champion in UFC history with the victory, taking home the vacant light heavyweight title. Earlier in the year, he held the title of UFC middleweight champion.

In just seven UFC fights, Pereira became the fastest person in UFC history to win two crowns. No other fighter has triumphed in the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions.

“It’s incredible,” UFC CEO Dana White said in the postfight news conference. “I don’t know about an all-time great [yet]. But it’s incredibly impressive what he’s done in a short amount of time.”

Pereira’s back was against the cage as he used a left hook to drop Prochazka. With Prochazka obviously wounded, Pereira launched himself straight into mount, delivering elbows and punches along the way. Although Prochazka appeared to be trying to fight back, the contest was stopped by referee Marc Goddard. The pause was booed by several fans.

Prochazka declared that he supported the halt.

Since the greatest fighter in the history of the division, Jon Jones, willingly gave up the belt to go up to heavyweight, the UFC light heavyweight title has had a difficult time holding onto it. Maybe Pereira can provide stability. After suffering a serious shoulder injury in late 2022, Prochazka vacated the belt. Then, in January, Jamahal Hill defeated Glover Teixeira to win it. However, Hill was forced to give up the title in July after rupturing an Achilles tendon.

Israel Adesanya was then yelled at by Pereira to advance to light heavyweight and confront him. In their two UFC encounters, Pereira and Adesanya have split, and Pereira has defeated Adesanya twice in kickboxing. When Hill heals, it’s more probable that Pereira will go after Hill.

After losing to Sean Strickland for the middleweight title at UFC 293 in Australia, Adesanya declared last month that he would “not fight for a long time.”

In the opening round, Pereira used a leg kick to finish Prochazka. Late in the first, Prochazka returned with a takedown and some elbow damage. In the second round, Pereira kept working on the leg kicks, which helped him win.

The only fighter to headline consecutive UFC shows at Madison Square Garden is Pereira (9-2), who trains alongside Teixeira. The Connecticut-based fighter, who is of Brazilian descent and trains there, defeated Adesanya via knockout to capture the UFC middleweight championship at MSG in November 2022.

Pereira, 36, was honored into the Glory Kickboxing Hall of Fame recently and was a two-time champion in the promotion. At MSG, he is already 3-0.

Prochazka (29-4-1) has won 13 of his previous bouts, all by unanimous decision, including his first three in the UFC. In June 2022, the native of the Czech Republic defeated Teixeira to claim the UFC light heavyweight championship. The 31-year-old Prochazka was the Rizin promotion’s light heavyweight champion in the past.

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