Dana White announces Jiří Procházka-Alex Pereira title fight for UFC 295, more title fights for UFC 296

Jiří Procházka is lastly again within the Octagon for UFC. (Yong Teck Lim/Getty Photographs)

UFC appears to have discovered the remainder of its championship bouts for the 12 months, beginning with one other crack at discovering a lightweight heavyweight champion.

UFC president Dana White introduced a lightweight heavyweight title combat between former belt-holders Jiří Procházka and Alex Pereira will grow to be the co-main occasion of UFC 295 on Nov. 11, which is already being headlined by the heavyweight title combat between Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic.

Moreover, UFC 296 on Dec. 16 will see a welterweight title combat between champion Leon Edwards and Colby Covington and a flyweight title combat between champion Alexandre Pantoja and Brandon Royval.

White introduced extra fights for the Dec. 16 card on Friday evening. Tony Ferguson is ready to tackle Paddy Pimblett at UFC 296. Ferguson holds a 26-9 report, although he is misplaced his final six bouts. Pimblett is 20-3 in his profession, and has gained 4 straight.

White additionally confimred that Shavkat Rakhmonov will tackle Stephen Thompson on the occasion. Rakhmonov holds a 17-0 MMA report and is an ideal 5-0 within the UFC. He final beat Geoff Neal with a standing rear-naked choke in March at UFC 285. Thompson, 40, holds a 12-6-1 UFC report. He final beat Kevin Holland by way of TKO in December.

UFC 295 shall be held at Madison Sq. Backyard, whereas UFC 296 shall be at T-Cellular Enviornment in Las Vegas.

Who will win UFC’s cursed mild heavyweight belt?

The Procházka-Pereira bout would be the third straight time two fighters have confronted off for a vacant mild heavyweight belt. Since Jones left the division in 2020, there was a grand complete of 1 profitable title protection: Jan Blachowicz holding off Israel Adesanya on March 6, 2021.

Since then, Blachowicz has misplaced the belt to Glover Teixeira, Teixeira misplaced it to Procházka after which Procházka was compelled to vacate the title on account of what White known as “the worst shoulder harm in UFC historical past.” Procházka has not fought since June 12, 2022.

Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev fought to a controversial draw within the UFC’s first crack at discovering a belt-holder after Procházka. Then, Jamahal Hill beat Teixeira and tore his Achilles tendon months later. Now, the UFC is bringing all of it again residence with Procházka.

Pereira is making a broadly anticipated transfer to mild heavyweight after a pair of fights in opposition to Adesanya, whom Pereira shocked for the middleweight belt final 12 months. Adesanya took the title again in April (then misplaced it this month), leaving Pereira — a really massive middleweight — to maneuver up a division.

Colby Covington will get one other title shot

Edwards, who has not misplaced since 2015, defeated longtime welterweight champ Kamaru Usman final 12 months and held off the previous No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter for his first title protection in March. His subsequent challenger shall be Covington, a man Usman defeated twice, as soon as by TKO and as soon as by unanimous determination.

Covington has fought solely as soon as since his second loss to Usman, a dominant efficiency in opposition to an ageing Jorge Masvidal on March 5, 2022. A part of the explanation may need been accidents incurred from Masvidal’s assault on Covington in Miami later that month, however Covington has been allowed to retain high contender standing during the last year-plus with out a single combat.

Now, he will get first crack at Edwards.

Alexandre Pantoja’s first flyweight title protection is a rematch

Pantoja captured the UFC flyweight belt with a split-decision win over Brandon Moreno. Fairly than one other title rematch involving Moreno, who confronted Deiveson Figueiredo 4 instances for the belt, the UFC arrange a rematch in opposition to Royval as an alternative.

The 26-5 Pantoja defeated Royval in August 2021 by way of submission. That was a part of back-to-back losses to Royval, with Moreno being the opposite, however he has since defeated Rogério Bontorin, Matt Schnell and Matheus Nicolau to get his likelihood in opposition to Pantoja.

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