A New UFC Light Heavyweight Champ in UFC 275

Jiří Procházka defeated Glover Teixeira in Singapore to become the first Czech fighter to hold a UFC title in UFC 275
Photo: Facebook / Jiří Procházka

Jiří Procházka defeated Glover Teixeira in Singapore to become the first Czech fighter to hold a UFC title in UFC 275

The 29-year-old Czech submitted Glover Teixeira with a no-hooks rear-naked choke and is the undisputed UFC heavyweight title in the UFC 275 headliner on Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Teixeira (33-8, 16-6 UFC) capitulated 4:32 into Round 5, suffering the first submission defeat of his 41-fight career.

Both fighters went back and forth as they went for four-plus rounds, exchanging takedowns, dominant positions, submission attempts and heavy leather. Neither man was willing to give in to the pain or punishment. Teixeira carved out a horrendous gash above his opponent’s left eye with a savage elbow strike in the second round before Prochazka (29-3-1, 3-0 UFC) returned the favor in the third, opening a cut across the bridge of the venerable Brazilian’s nose.

As they entered Round 5, it was anyone’s fight. Teixeira executed takedown, achieved full mount and threatened with an arm-triangle choke. However, Prochazka never considered surrender as an option. He slipped out of Teixeira’s grasp, wheeled behind him and snuck his arms in place for the choke. His powerful squeeze and fatigue combined to do the rest, and they were enough to end Teixeira’s unlikely reign atop the 205-pound weight class.

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