- Date & Location: Saturday, June 11 @Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore
- Time: Early Prelims (6:00 p.m. ET), Prelims (8 p.m. ET), Main Card (10 p.m. ET)
- How to Watch: Early Prelims (UFC Fight Pass, ESPN+), Prelims (ESPN, ESPN+). Main Card (ESPN + pay-per-view)
Two different generations of light heavyweights clash on June 11 when Glover Teixeira puts his UFC light heavyweight title on the line against Jiri Prochazka.
The 42-year-old Teixeira (33-7) made his professional MMA debut in 2002. He made his way to the UFC 10 years later. In his first shot at UFC gold, which came against Jon Jones in 2014, Teixeira fell short. He took the title seven years later with a submission win over Jan Blachowicz at UFC 267 and UFC 275 marks his first attempt to defend that title.
Prochazka (28-3-1) made his pro-MMA debut in 2012. The 29-year-old joined the UFC in 2020. A former Rizin light heavyweight champion, Prochazka has made his way to a UFC title fight on the strength of two second-round knockout wins with the promotion. Both stoppages came against former UFC light heavyweight title contenders. Prochazka has not fought for over a year and his last outing was his KO of Dominick Reyes in May 2021.
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Teixeira vs. Prochazka breakdown and analysis
Jiri Prochazka’s rise through the UFC ranks has been quick. The light heavyweight division is one of the most shallow weight classes in the UFC, but to earn the No. 2 spot in the official rankings and a title shot on the strength of two wins with the promotion says that the UFC thinks Prochazka is something special. He has 25 knockout wins in his career and hasn’t gone this distance since 2016. Prochazka is an extremely aggressive, active, awkward, and confident striker, but he has not faced the level of competition and skills that Teixeira represents, and that gives me pause when it comes to the challenger.
Glover Teixeira has seen and done it all in MMA. He has been facing top-level competition for nearly 10 years of his run with the promotion. Teixeira is incredibly resilient and smart in his game planning and ability to stick to that plan and his grappling skills are among the best the UFC light heavyweight division has ever seen.
My fear for Teixeira in this fight is that Prochazka could tag him early and finish him. My trepidation for Prochazka is that his takedown defense is lacking and his ability to contend with someone with a top game as heavy and relentless as Teixeira will be his downfall.
I’m going with the more experienced fighter here, as I think Teixeira can avoid the power of Prochazka and that he will impose his will in the grappling department.
Pick: Glover Teixeira to beat Jiri Prochazka.
Betting value with Teixeira
As I said above, Prochazka has a striking advantage here. With that, if you think this is the fight where time will catch up with Teixeira and that his defensive reflexes will fail him, feel free to pick Prochazka. I do think Prochazka is a live underdog and I believe his path to victory is a knockout win.
However, I think Teixeira still has the game-planning skills and defensive techniques to avoid Prochazka and wear him down. Prochazka has only gone the distance twice in his career and he expends an incredible amount of energy. A five-round UFC main event is a different animal and I don’t think Prochazka is prepared for what it takes to go five strong rounds against someone as experienced as Teixeira.
I think Teixeira gets the win and I believe he will do so via a submission.
Prediction: Glover Teixeira defeats Jiri Prochazka via submission.
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