Jiri Prochazka delivered one of many best escapes in UFC historical past, plucking victory from the jaws of defeat with 30 seconds left of an epic battle with Glover Teixeira.
The brand new champion grew to become the primary Czech fighter to have the belt wrapped round his waist following a legendary encounter that can go down in MMA historical past.
It appeared as if the light-heavyweights couldn’t be separated because the clock ticked down after 24 minutes and 30 seconds of relentless, compelling motion.
However there was a remaining twist as Prochazka summoned power some someplace deep inside to reverse the place on the bottom and submit one of many UFC’s most harmful jiu-jitsu practitioners.
Jiri Prochazka (prime) shocked Glover Teixeira with simply 30 seconds left on the clock to win the title in Singapore at UFC 275
The brand new champion is the primary from the Czech Republic and will likely be an enormous star again in his homeland after his victory
It was emotional for Prochazka and his workforce, who congratulated him contained in the octagon in Singapore on Saturday night time
Brazilian Teixeira, 42, and Prochazka each had moments the place they regarded like they’d win earlier than the tip got here late on
Teixeira was forward on the scorecards having edged a seesaw encounter fought at a breathless tempo that examined the restrict of the 42-year-old Brazilian and his European challenger.
Teixeira took Prochazka down twice within the opening spherical and ended up in mount on the second event. He landed some heavy floor and pound however then slid off his opponent’s again to permit the Czech time to get again to his toes.
The challenger than related with some brutal strikes of his personal to finish it with a flourish.
Within the second, Prochazka began having all of it his personal method on the toes and Teixeira regarded near being out of it however then the challenger made a careless mistake and ended up on the bottom. The veteran ended the spherical in mount and opened up an enormous minimize above the attention.
Teixeira (pictured) insisted that he nonetheless has loads of struggle in him and he stated he’s not retiring regardless of shedding the belt aged 42
The Brazilian had Prochazka in every kind of hassle however the favorite managed to search out his method out from a tricky floor place
Teixeira couldn’t escape the ultimate submission and ended up tapping out rapidly to stun the group and followers of the game
Teixeira regarded getting ready to defeat however escaped a submission to reverse place and ended the spherical on prime, touchdown thunderous floor and pound.
The fourth was carnage from begin to end. There have been reversals, submission makes an attempt, escapes and heavy artillery launched by each males. It headed to a fifth and Teixeira related with some unbelievable strikes, prompting Marc Goddard to have an in depth look.
Teixeira was determined to deliver the struggle to the canvas every time he shook Prochazka on the toes but it surely proved to be a deadly error, with the challenger managing to reverse place because the clock ticked down.
He locked in a choke and it didn’t take lengthy for Teixeira to faucet out. He was working on fumes and regarded devastated within the aftermath.
Jan Blachowicz appears the apparent subsequent contender however Prochazka will want an prolonged time period off after one of the crucial gruelling and damaging fights of his profession.
It was an epic finish to the night time punctuated by memorable moments, significantly on the principle card.
Heavy physique photographs from Prochazka added up and the cardio talents of each had been severely examined in a bruising five-rounder
The brand new champion confirmed how inventive and unpredictable he may be on the toes in addition to exhibiting his iron chin
Teixeira was denied submissions and the sweat of each males performed an element, making it tough for him to lock one in
Valentina Shevchenko was pushed to her restrict by Taila Santos in one in every of her most tough fights. ‘The Bullet’ clung onto her flyweight title on the scorecards however discovered herself outmatched on the bottom on a couple of event.
Within the highly-anticipated rematch between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Zhang Weili, there was a equally enthralling scrap to their Combat of the 12 months in 2020.
However then the Chinese language star delivered a second of genius, connecting with a spinning backfist to knock out the Polish former champion.
For the 35-year-old, it was her final look within the octagon and he or she was overcome with emotion in saying her retirement from MMA.
She stated: ‘I’m pleased with myself, I educated actually onerous each day however through the media I stated I used to be proud. I received caught with an excellent one, I did not count on her to be that robust and powerful.
Valentina ‘Bullet’ Shevchenko (pictured above) clung onto her title in a slim victory over Taila Santos on the scorecards
Zhang Weili of China (left) knocks out Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland (proper) with a spinning again fist of their essential card struggle
The Polish fighter was thrown to the canvas – Weili knew the job was performed so walked away to a giant reception from the group
Weili will now have a title shot in opposition to the American Carla Esparza, 34, having come by means of in opposition to Jedrzejczyk once more
‘Because of my coaches and followers and coaching companions. I like life a lot, I’ve retired guys, thanks a lot. Dana I’m sorry I allow you to down man.
‘I wish to give large credit score to UFC workers, I like you guys. It has been 20 years, I wish to be a mum, a businesswoman, I’ve educated twenty years, half my life.’
The Polish star will certainly be a shoo-in for the Corridor of Fame having dominated the division for years and raised the extent of competitors within the strawweight division.
UFC 275 was not probably the most glamourous or high-profile numbered occasion for Dana White and Co however these watching inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang got some unimaginable moments.
Prochazka’s victory will reside lengthy within the reminiscence, as will the unimaginable 24 minutes and 30 seconds previous it.
Prochazka will now develop into an enormous star and his success is little question headline information in his native nation of Czech Republic