UFC gentle heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka suffered a extreme proper shoulder damage, forcing him to not solely withdraw from his UFC 282 title protection in opposition to Glover Teixeira, but additionally strip him of the title. Teixeira turned down the prospect to battle another person for the title, so the UFC picked former champion Jan Blachowicz to face Magomed Ankalaev in the principle occasion on December 10 at T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas.
Tim Simpson, Prochazka’s supervisor, stated “the shoulder was damaged in a typical wrestling accident.” UFC President Dana White stated medical doctors instructed him the damage was extreme.
“That is the worst shoulder damage the medical doctors have ever seen in UFC historical past,” White instructed Yahoo Sports activities. “It is actually dangerous. His shoulder may be very, very dangerous. He’ll must endure a critical surgical procedure and wish in depth rehabilitation.”
Simpson stated the damage occurred on the UFC Efficiency Institute. He stated it popped out and somebody stuffed it again in.
“You understand what a shoulder is, proper?” Simpson stated. “It pops out and quite a lot of the time, you flip it proper again on. There is a wait and it pops out. And also you by no means actually know with a job till you dig into it.”
Simpson stated the crew is within the strategy of figuring out when and the place the surgical procedure will happen.
Prochazka later launched a press release through Instagram during which he stated his damage would require surgical procedure and he can be out for no less than six months. The previous present champion additionally stated he dropped the belt so he would not keep within the division however would battle any champion when he returned.
Prochazka gained the title from Teixeira at UFC 275 on June 11 in Singapore. He knocked Teixeira down with a naked again choke with 28 seconds left in a number one sport for the Battle of the 12 months.
The UFC supplied Teixeira to battle Ankalaev for the vacant title, however he refused. Yahoo Sports activities was unable to contact Teixeira, however Hunter Campbell, the UFC’s chief enterprise officer, stated Teixeira “most likely” needs to get the title again from Prochazka.
“We met Jiri final night time and listened, this man is among the finest guys of all time,” White stated. “He was a fighter and was very pissed off. He stepped apart for us earlier than we bought there. He was going to be sidelined for a very long time and sooner or later we have been might need to undress him, however he introduced it as much as us and stated that out of respect for the opposite fighters, he did not need to proceed to divide.. let me communicate let you know, that child is an efficient scholar, man, when he reacts like that.
“We ask Glover to battle [against Ankalaev]. For some motive, he did not need to battle, so we needed to transfer on. If we will not rematch, assembly Ankalaev, who has the second-longest profitable streak in gentle heavyweight historical past, and Blachowicz, the previous champion, is actually fortunate. All of it fell into our place because it often occurs. Nevertheless it was additionally a terrific battle, and now it is the total title.”
Blachowicz is ranked 2nd and Ankalaev third within the present UFC light-weight rankings. Ankalaev has an general rating of 18-1 and has gained 9 straight fights within the UFC because the solely defeat of his profession, a triangle defeat to Paul Craig on March 17, 2018, at London on his UFC debut.
Blachowicz is a former UFC champion who misplaced the title to Teixeira in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, at UFC 267 on October 30, 2021. He is again to win one. match, defeating Aleksandar Rakic by TKO on Might 14 in Las Vegas. Rakic suffered a knee damage that pressured the top of that match.
The brand new co-main occasion at UFC 282 is a light-weight bout between rising prospects Paddy Pimblett (19-3) and Jared Gordon (19-5).