UFC President, Dana White, didn’t make the 14-hour flight to Kallang, Singapore, for UFC 275 because he is a self-admitted “degenerate;” however, he did end up catching the main event live. White live-streamed his reaction to the back-and-forth war on Instagram as it unfolded, culminating with Jiri Prochazka catching Glover Teixeira with a literal last-minute, rear-naked choke to win the Light Heavyweight title (watch the finish here).
To say White was impressed would be underselling it. A hyped White was out of his seat and yelling as the 29-year-old “Czech Samurai,” Prochazka, forced “Old Man Glover” to tap.
“He’s chokin’ him! He tapped! No way! No f—kin’ way,” White exclaimed. “Jiri tapped him out! No way. No way. What a f—kin’ fight. What an absolute f—king war, man. S—t, my phone is f—kin’ blowing up.”
Prochazka’s win at 4:32 of the fifth round was impressive because it came with Teixeira ahead on the scorecards (see them here). If the tough Brazilian veteran had managed to hold on for just 28 more seconds, he would have retained the title. Teixeira is also a legit second degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. While a submission following a near knockout was always possible, few thought Prochazka would be able to snatch up a choke and make Glover tap like he did.
The win elevates Prochazka to 29-3-1 in mixed martial arts (MMA) and undefeated (3-0) in UFC. It wasn’t the cleanest win for Prochazka, but his willingness to keep fighting hard and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat certainly earned him a lot of fans following the fight. For now, Prochazka plans on taking a rest and a vacation on the ocean. Before the end of the year, he intends on coming back and defending his belt.
“It doesn’t matter if it will be Glover or Jan, it doesn’t matter,” he said during the UFC 275 post-fight press conference. “For me it doesn’t matter. For the next fight, I swear I will be another fighter — not like that. That was not good performance from me.”
Unsurprisingly, all the Light Heavyweight contenders are falling over themselves trying to earn the next shot at the champ.
I need to handle Smith you cannot make this many mistakes when you fight with me— Magomed Ankalaev (@AnkalaevM) June 12, 2022
Even GTeixeira got in on the action, calling for an immediate rematch.
Not to take away from what happened at UFC 275. On Instagram, Teixeira wrote, “Thank you for amazing fight. Today was your day … enjoy it.”
Who do you want to see face off against new 205-pound champ Jiri Prochazka, Maniacs?
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