Report: Jiri Prochazka out of UFC 282, vacates title; Magomed Ankalaev vs. Jan Blachowicz new main event


Jiri Prochazka will not be able to face Glover Teixeira at UFC 282 because Prochazka sustained a serious injury. According to Yahoo!!’s Wednesday report, Prochazka was forced out of the rematch. Sports.

As a result of the scratch, Prochazka has vacated the UFC light heavyweight title, according to the report, and the UFC has promoted a light heavyweight fight between ex-champ Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankaleav to the main event of the Dec. 10 pay-per-view, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

MMA Fighting was not immediately able to reach Prochazka, Teixeira or the UFC for comment on the shakeup. Prochazka was injured but details were not available immediately.

The reportedly former light heavyweight champ was set to make his first title defense in a rematch of a “Fight of the Year” candidate against ex-champ Teixeira, who lost via fifth-round submission in their first meeting, a back-and-forth slugfest in June at UFC 275.

The Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev matchup put the winner in prime position to vie for the title. Blachowicz, who ceded the belt to Teixeira in 2021, called out Prochazka immediately after the Czech fighter’s title win. But the new champ decided instead to run back his fight with Teixeira, wanting to correct what he felt was his worst career performance.