Jiri Prochazka vs. Glover Teixeira -- Round 5: Teixeira hit a good combo and then badly rocked Prochazka with a heavy flurry. Teixeira tried to go for a guillotine, allowing Prochazka to end up on top on the ground after he looked on the verge of being knocked out. Prochazka chose to get back to the feet and started to pump the jab. Teixeira landed a lot of heavy shots on the feet again and drove Prochazka back to the cage looking for a takedown but Prochazka broke away. Teixeira landed another big right hand and a left hook. Teixeira scored a takedown and again took full mount. Prochazka kicked off the cage to escape, taking Teixeira's back. Prochazka managed to get to the back and locked in a rear-naked choke and Teixeira tapped out with 30 seconds left in the fight! WOW! WHAT A FIGHT! WHO IN THE WORLD SAW THAT FINISH COMING?! Official result: Jiri Prochazka def. Glover Teixeira via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 5
UFC 275 results, highlights: Jiri Prochazka wins light heavyweight title with late sub of Glover Teixeira
The pair of 205-pounders put on an epic clash in the main event from Singapore
The narrative entering the UFC 275 main event between light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira and top challenger Jiri Prochazka was that Prochazka needed to do everything in his power to stay off the ground if he wanted to become champion. Prochazka threw the narrative for a loop by not only surviving on the ground round after round, but by eventually pulling off a submission of his own in the final 30 seconds of the fight to win the title in what was an all-time great fight.
Prochazka had brilliant moments throughout the fight, showcasing his trademark unorthodox striking to blast Teixeira. But, for all the challenger's moments, Teixeira had an answer at every turn, scoring takedowns and battering Prochazka on the ground.
Prochazka was left with a massive cut over his left eye from big Teixeira strikes from mount, but every time Teixeira appeared to have grabbed control, Prochazka would find a way out of trouble and back to his feet. Not only was Prochazka surviving on the ground, at several points in the fight, Prochazka was the man in control on the floor, landing his own smashing ground-and-pound to draw blood from the Brazilian legend.
Then came the final round. With the fight seemingly in the balance, Teixeira put the fight on the ground and seemed to be fully in control until Prochazka was able to kick off the cage and reverse the position. Shockingly, Prochazka saw Teixeira's exposed neck and locked in the rear-naked choke, squeezing with everything he had to force the tap at the 4:32 mark of Round 5.
"Like I said, before the fight, I'm ready to end it first or fifth round," Prochazka said after the fight. "It doesn't matter. And it doesn't matter which technique."
What truly set up the finish may have been one specific flurry from Prochazka two rounds prior. With Teixeira backed into the cage, Prochazka switched his focus to the body, drilling Teixeira with heavy punches and knees. Teixeira shot for a takedown out of desperation and fought on well but the body work clearly took a toll.
Teixeira admitted as much after the fight, mentioning a hard weight cut while saying it was not an excuse before saying the body shots from Prochazka had sapped him of his stamina and left him unable to fight off the final submission.
Prochazka has now won 13 consecutive fights, all but one coming by stoppage. The submission was just the third of Prochazka's career and the first since 2014.
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The fight with Teixeira was only Prochazka's third in the UFC, making him one of the fastest in UFC history to ever win a title.
Teixeira said after the fight that he planned to fight on, drawing loud cheers from the Singaporean crowd. The loss snapped a six-fight winning streak for the 42-year-old, who, unlike Prochazka, took 21 fights in the Octagon to become world champion.
Elsewhere, women's flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko gutted out a decision win over a game Talia Santos to retain her title in a fight that was much more competitive than many expected. A clash of heads evened things up when Santos' eye swelled in the third round.
And Weili Zhang left no doubt this time around when she thunderously stopped Joanna Jedzejczyk in their rematch from 2020. Jedrzjeczyk announced her retirement after the fight was over.
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UFC 275 card and results
- Jiri Prochazka def. Glover Teixeira (c) via fifth-round submission (rear-naked choke)
- via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)
- via second-round TKO (spinning back fist)
- Jake Matthews def. Andre Fiahlo via second-round TKO (punches)
- Josh Culibao def. Seungwoo Choi via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Hayisaer Maheshate def. Steve Garcia via first-round knockout (punch)
- Brendan Allen def. Jacob Malkoun via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Kyung Ho Kang def. Danaa Batgerel via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Silvana Gomez Juarez def. Liang Na via first-round TKO (punches)
- Joselyne Edwards def. Ramona Pascual via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Jiri Prochazka vs. Glover Teixeira -- Round 4: Teixeira came forward throwing big punches early, pushing Prochazka backward. Prochazka landed a big left hand but Teixeira kept taking the shots well. Teixeira was relentless in his pressure, however, had put Prochazka down with another takedown. Teixeira advanced to mount and started dropping big shots yet again before locking in an arm triangle. Teixeira worked some punches to the body when the submission couldn't get fully locked in, maintaining mount. Teixeira went back to the arm triangle again, this time getting it in deep but Prochazka survived and ended up on top dropping big punches. Teixeira slipped out from under and took Prochazka's back again. Prochazka again got back to top position and landed a few strikes before the end of another tremendous round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Teixeira (38-38)
Jiri Prochazka vs. Glover Teixeira -- Round 3: Prochazka had his cut checked by the doctor and it's a badone but he was allowed to continue. Teixeira shot for a takedown but Prochazka threw him off and told the champ to stand back up. Prochazka landed two clean left hands. Prochazka landed another big left and Teixeira looked bothered. Prochazka threw a big knee but Teixeira grabbed the leg and scored another takedown. Prochazka was able to quickly get back to his feet and landed a good combination of elbows and punches to the head before drilling Teixeira to the body with a huge punch. Prochazka locked in on the body with big punches and knees, putting Teixeira down. Prochazka followed to the floor and dropped more heavy punches. Prochazka tried for an arm triangle and that led to Teixeira taking top position. On top, Teixeira threw his own heavy strikes and opened Prochazka's cut once again. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Prochazka (29-28 Prochazka)
Jiri Prochazka vs. Glover Teixeira -- Round 2: An accidental eye poke from Teixeira opened the round. Prochazka didn't want to wait to start agian and slipped Teixeira punches. Teixeira's strikes looked slow and labored as he whiffed with rights and lefts. Prochazka landed a huge right and a flying knee and then began to drop serious damage that forced Teixeira to shoot out of inspiration. Prochazka landed some good knees in the clinch and Teixeira shot for a single-leg again. Prochazka unloaded with a massive combination but slipped and ended up on the canvas where Teixeira jumped on him and started to work from a dominant position. Teixeira moved to mount with 15 seconds left and landed some huge elbows, cutting Prochazka badly. A wild round! Could go either way but Prochazka dominated the majority. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Prochazka (19-19)
Jiri Prochazka vs. Glover Teixeira -- Round 1: Prochazka took a low stance, looking to pump the jab before clocking a head kick and eating a body kick from Teixeira. Prochazka landed a leg kick of his own but ate a hard body shot from Teixeira. Teixeira shot for a takedown and finished the single leg, going right to ground and pound. Teixeira mixed punches and elbows to the face as Prochazka tried to wall walk but allowed Teixeira to take his back in the process. Prochazka was able to explode back to his feet and immediately went on the attack. Prochazka landed a body kick but Teixeira landed some good right hands. Teixeira shot again and Prochazka tried to roll back to his feet but Teixeira landed in mount. Prochazka again tried to explode to his feet as Teixeira took the back. Prochazka managed to get to his feet and then dropped some big shots on Teixeira to close the round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Teixeira
It's almost main event time! Jiri Prochazka challenges Glover Teixeira for the UFC light heavyweight title. At the moment, Prochazka is -220 to win the title.
Official result: Valentina Shevchenko def. Taila Santos via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) to retain her women's flyweight title
Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Talia Santos -- Round 5: Shevchenko landed a good combination and then another left hand after. Shevcheno landed a good combination and then went for a headlock takedown but Santos managed to end up on top once again. Shevchenko managed to get free with 3:17 left in the fight. Shevchenko landed a few more crisp punches and at distance she is in control but she can't fight her instincts to try for takedowns and she did score with one with half a round left. Shevchenko maintained top control, throwing shoulder strikes, open-handed strikes and punches until the end of the round. These scorecards are going to be very interesting.
Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Talia Santos -- Round 4: Shevchenko landed a few leg kicks and punches before Santos started firing back. Santos has a cut and swelling from a clash of heads. Shevchenko landed a big head kick but it came after a kick to the groin. Santos' eye is nearly swollen closed. Shevchenko landed more leg kicks and a good short elbow before a solid left hand. Shevchenko also landed a good kick to the body. Shevchenko unloaded with a big combination, really working strikes off her left side where Santos can't see them coming with her swollen eye. Santos landed a few leg kicks of her own but seemed mostly stuck in a defensive mindset for the majority of the round. Santos ducked under a Shevchenko punch and scored a late takedown in the final seconds of the round.