UFC 282 has a new main event as Jiri Prochazka pulls out of his fight against Glover Texeira and also vacates his Light Heavyweight title

Jiri Prochazka, who was set to defend his light heavyweight title at UFC 282, has now pulled out of the bout citing a serious injury.

Jiri Prochazka
Jiri Prochazka

The UFC 282 card has suffered a massive blow as UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka pulled out of his fight against Glover Teixeira. This is terrible news for fans and fighters awaiting to watch the duo scrap after their memorable performance at UFC 275. 

Prochazka pulled out of the bout as he suffered from a serious shoulder injury. UFC President Dana White spoke to Yahoo Sports about the seriousness of Prochazka’s injury. “This is the worst shoulder injury the doctors have seen in UFC history. It’s really f***ing bad. His shoulder is very, very bad. He’s going to have serious surgery that will require extensive rehab,” said White.

While Prochazka won’t compete at UFC 282, the 30-year-old has also relinquished his title in a move that has taken the MMA world by storm. However, the UFC has assured that the event goes ahead as planned by scheduling another big fight for the light heavyweight title. 

The promotion has now promoted a fight between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev for the undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight title. The duo were previously scheduled to face on the main card of UFC 282.

While Prochazka pulling out of the bout might upset people, the fight between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev is something fans should watch out for. Both fighters are at the top of their games, and it will be interesting to see who prevails in this battle of the beasts. 

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A glimpse into the UFC 282 fight between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev

Jan Blachowicz- Magomed Ankalaev UFC 282
Jan Blachowicz- Magomed Ankalaev

Ranked #2 and #3 respectively, both Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev bring immense talent to the light heavyweight division. Having fought a bunch of contenders previously, the duo does not lack experience fighting under bright lights. However, unlike Blachowicz, this will be the first time Ankalaev fights for the UFC title. 

Going into the bout, Jan Blachowicz is coming off a victory against Aleksandar Rakić. In his last five fights, the Polish fighter has won four and lost one against Glover Texeira. At UFC 282, Blachowicz will look to display his legendary Polish power to beat Ankalaev and once again win the UFC light heavyweight title.

On the other hand, when it comes to Magomed Ankalaev, the Russian has been a revelation in the 205-pound division of the UFC. Proficient in striking and grappling, Ankalaev is on a 9-fight win streak in the UFC. In his victorious run, the Russian has defeated top names such as Volkan Oezdemir, Thiago Santos, and Anthony Smith. Against Blachowicz, Ankalaev will look to display his all-round game and become the new UFC light heavyweight champion. 

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To sum it up, Jiri Prochazka’s loss has become Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev’s gain. It will be interesting to see if the Russian will be able to capitalize on the opportunity, or will Jan Blachowicz again become the UFC Light Heavyweight champion? While this is something only time can tell, no fan must miss out on watching UFC 282. 

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Varun Anand Bhat is a sports journalist who covers news related to MMA, Boxing, NFL, and the NBA. An avid lover of sports, he also trains Mixed Martial Arts, and is a certified judge. Apart from curating quality articles, Varun also hosts FirstSportz exclusive 'Gloves Off with Varun' on YouTube.