Jiri Prochazka out of UFC 282, vacates title; Magomed Ankalaev vs. Jan Blachowicz battle for vacant belt

Jiri Prochazka’s rematch with Glover Teixeira won’t happen at UFC 282 after Prochazka suffered “a shoulder harm that can require a major rehabilitation interval,” the UFC introduced on Wednesday following an preliminary report from Yahoo! Sports.

On account of the scratch, Prochazka has vacated the UFC gentle heavyweight title and the UFC has promoted a light-weight heavyweight battle between ex-champ Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev to the primary occasion of the Dec. 10 pay-per-view, which takes place at T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas. Blachowicz and Ankalaev will battle for the vacant gentle heavyweight title. The UFC is providing refunds to ticketholders of the unique major occasion.

“Out of respect to the athletes and the division, Prochazka has elected to vacate his title and can compete for the belt as quickly as he’s medically cleared,” the UFC said in a ready launch despatched to MMA Combating.

In keeping with ESPN.com, the character of the harm may presumably require as much as one 12 months of restoration time. An individual near Prochazka, who declined to be named publicly because of the sensitivity of the fighter’s state of affairs, confirmed the harm was to the now ex-champ’s shoulder. The particular person mentioned the harm would require surgical procedure and added it “will probably be an extended highway again sadly.”

MMA Combating was not instantly in a position to attain Teixeira for touch upon the shakeup.

The reportedly former gentle heavyweight champ was set to make his first title protection in a rematch of a “Battle of the Yr” candidate towards ex-champ Teixeira, who misplaced by way of fifth-round submission of their first assembly, a back-and-forth slugfest in June at UFC 275.

The Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev matchup put the winner in prime place to vie for the title. Blachowicz, who ceded the belt to Teixeira in 2021, known as out Prochazka instantly after the Czech fighter’s title win. However the brand new champ determined as a substitute to run again his battle with Teixeira, eager to appropriate what he felt was his worst profession efficiency.

Beneath is the UFC’s full assertion on Prochazka’s harm and the brand new UFC 282 major occasion:

UFC gentle heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka has suffered a shoulder harm that can require a major rehabilitation interval. Out of respect to the athletes and the division, Prochazka has elected to vacate his title and can compete for the belt as quickly as he’s medically cleared.

Consequently, the brand new UFC 282 major occasion will see former champion and No. 2 ranked Jan Blachowicz tackle surging No. 3 ranked Magomed Ankalaev for the vacant, undisputed UFC gentle heavyweight championship.

A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt with legendary knockout energy, Blachowicz has completed 4 of his final six wins in emphatic trend and appears to recapture his misplaced crown with one other signature victory. Ankalaev is presently driving the second-longest win streak in UFC gentle heavyweight historical past with 9 victories, together with 5 by way of end, and plans to increase his streak by claiming his first UFC title.

As a consequence of a change in the primary occasion, refunds will probably be out there at level of sale. UFC 282: BLACHOWICZ vs ANKALAEV takes place Saturday, December 10 from T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas.

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