Prochazka defeated Teixeira with a back choke in the fifth round to win the light heavyweight title.
Jiri Prochazka defeated Glover Teixeira with a hindquarter clamp in the fifth round at Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 275 to win the light heavyweight belt.
Prochazka defeated Teixeira at 4:32 in the final round, ending an exhausting and tense title match on Saturday night in Singapore.
Prochazka has survived nearly five consistent punishing rounds from 42-year-old Teixeira, who became a first-time UFC champion at 205 pounds (93kg) late last year.
After a back-and-forth fight that left both men slashed and bleeding, the Czech was in position to deliver a suffocating slam that ended one of the most exciting title fights in recent UFC history.
– ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 12, 2022
It was Prochazka’s first win by submission in the UFC and his first since 2014. He won 13 straight fights. Teixeira won the title at UFC 267 last October, defeating Jan Blachowicz.
“It was a real fight,” Prochazka said. “Glover is a true warrior. And I like that.”
Teixeira (33-8) went 39-37 on two scorecards to advance to the fourth round, meaning the Brazilian champions will almost certainly claim a decisive victory if he avoids a submission. at the last minute.
Both fighters hit big shots in the opening round, and Teixeira seemed to have turned the game in his favor by hurting Prochazka in the second round, eventually landing with an open elbow. a large cut above Prochazka’s left eye.
Both fighters bled from cuts in the third round, and Prochazka also sent Teixeira wobble in the mid rounds before his impressive finish.