Jiri Prochazka will inform anybody who will hear that he’s “living the warrior path.”
Midday native time in Kallang, Singapore — late Saturday into early Sunday on the opposite aspect of the world in North America — combat followers throughout the globe noticed Prochazka stroll that warrior path all the best way to UFC gold.
The Czech snatched a win from the gloves of Glover Teixeira, claiming his mild heavyweight championship within the course of with a fifth-round submission victory simply 28 seconds from what virtually absolutely was to be a unanimous resolution loss at UFC 275.
“It was a true war,” Prochazka (29-3, 28 finishes) stated within the post-fight interview. “Glover is a true warrior, and I like that.”
For 24 minutes, 32 seconds, Prochazka and Teixeira pushed each other to the brink. The 29-year-old challenger would choose aside his foe one minute. The subsequent: the Brazilian would defy his 42 years by delivering a pounding from the mount, battering the person who was simply 9 years previous when Teixeira (33-8, 28 finishes) turned professional in June 2002.
Teixeira’s bullying barrage from the highest constructed an early two-round lead on the judges’ scorecards. But whilst Prochazka dropped every spherical, he left his mark on the champ because the clear alpha when standing.
Fighting with urgency within the third of 5 frames, Prochazka carved up the champion whom has lengthy hailed from Danbury, Conn., since immigrating as a younger man. It solely bought worse for Teixeira because the combat hit the ground, with challenger taking his flip at doling out main harm from the highest. Even a last-minute rally from Teixeira solely managed to seemingly stave off 10-8 scores from every choose; one official nonetheless assessed the motion to that diploma.
A wild spherical 4 pushed the world’s high 205-pounders deeper into hell. Teixiera twice tried to faucet Prochazka with arm-triangle assaults — the latter seemingly the closest he would get to ending the combat inside the space. But Prochazka survived and thrived, doling out ache of his personal in a spherical that moderately might have been scored both means.
Unbeknownst to the combatants, Teixeira was within the driver’s seat on the scorecards coming into the ultimate 5 minutes. Two judges had Teixeira up, 39-37, 38-37, whereas a 3rd had it tied, 38-38. Barring any extra 10-8s — a uncommon rating in MMA — Prochazka seemingly wanted a end to win.
“From my side, it was [a] horrible fight, [a] horrible performance,” Prochazka later advised reporters. “You saw the fight. Some moments, I just survived some moments. … My life [stance is] to be dominant in the fight and not just be [the] survivor; to be the hunter.”
The motion wasn’t trending his means. Teixeira, now, was touchdown heavy photographs on the toes. Prochazka, now, was on the point of defeat. But a guillotine choke try because the champ had his tenacious challenger on the metaphorical ropes proved expensive.
Prochazka weathered the storm, however with a minute remaining nonetheless appeared simply 60 seconds or much less from his first loss in 6 ½ years. And then it occurred: he pounced on a gap left by the weary, getting old champion, locking in a choke from behind but neglecting the standard leg hooks for added leverage and management.
Most occasions in MMA, a rear-naked choke with out the hooks fails, particularly on a veteran grappler similar to Teixeira who’d had his means on the mat with Prochazka a number of occasions over the previous 24 minutes.
Not this time. Teixeira knew he’d been crushed. It was faucet or nap; he selected faucet.
“The choke, that came naturally,” Prochazka stated within the octagon. “I just watched the moment [and] what opportunities [came] before me.”
In his second of triumph, Prochazka appeared equal components happy and unfulfilled. He spoke of feeling “satisfied” whereas additionally critiquing his efficiency.
The new champ takes nothing away from the previous one, telling assembled media later within the evening that Teixeira’s grappling “pressure was amazing, still in his age.”
Teixeira later tweeted “Rematch??” whereas tagging UFC president Dana White, who was not in attendance. He turns 43 in October and spoke within the lead-up to his first title protection of a dream state of affairs involving a follow-up championship bout at Madison Square Garden, presumably within the conventional early November window.
Perhaps “the warrior path” for Prochazka leads subsequent by way of New York. What combat fan wouldn’t need that?