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UFC 275: Jiri Prochazka dramatically chokes out Glover Teixeira to win light heavyweight crown in just his third octagon fight

Jiri Prochazka added to some history Saturday night with a thrilling submission victory over Glover Teixeira at UFC 275 in Singapore.

Prochazka (29-3-1), 29, came in as the favourite to win the title being the younger fighter over the older Teixeira (33-8-0), 42, but it turned out to be a battle that almost went the distance.

Prochazka used his striking in the first two rounds to good effect, forcing the champion Teixeira to look for the takedown, which he effectively did. On the ground, Teixeira used control to land some effective shots but could not put the challenger away in the fourth round with an arm-triangle choke attempt.

It was in the championship rounds that fatigue set in for both fighters. In the final round, it looked like Teixeira would get the stoppage after a good striking combination backed up Prochazka. He tried to follow up with an unsuccessful guillotine choke, but Prochazka revered the position and cinched in a rear-naked choke with 28 seconds left that forced Glover to tap.

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With the win, Prochazka remains undefeated in the octagon and joins Lesnar by winning the title in his third UFC contest. Glover had his six-fight win streak snapped with the loss.

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Prochazka and Teixeira earned Fight of the Night, while Jake Matthews, Zhang Weilli, Jack Della Maddena, Hayisaer Maheshate, and Silvana Gomez Juarez earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

We also saw a retirement from one of the octagon’s most dominant champions as Joanna Jedrzejczyk retired after a tough loss to Zhang Weilli.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC 275 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS

RAMONA PASCUAL VS. JOSLEYNE EDWARDS

WINNER: JOSELYNE EDWARDS VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOSLEYNE EDWARDS VIA UD

Andrews: Edwards was just too much.

NA LIANG VS. SILVANA GOMEZ

WINNER: SILVANA GOMEZ VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 1:22

ANDREWS PREDICTON: SILVANA GOMEZ VIA TKO

Andrews: Gomez went out there and got it. Great win.

UFC 275 PRELIMS

KYUNG HO KANG VS. DANAA BATGEREL

WINNER: KYUNG HO KANG VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DANAA BATGEREL VIA UD

Andrews: Tough luck for Batgerel.

BRENDAN ALLEN VS. JACOB MALKOUN

WINNER: BRENDAN ALLEN VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRENDAN ALLEN VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Allen got the job done.

MAHESHATE HAYISAER VS. STEVE GARCIA

WINNER: MAHESHATE HAYISAER VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 1:14

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAHESHATE HAYISAER VIA UD

Andrews: That was quick. Hayisaer’s car must have been double-parked.

SEUNG WOO CHOI VS. JOSHUA CULIBAOΒ 

WINNER: JOSHUA CULIBAO VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOSHUA CULIBAO VIA UD

Andrews: A lot of firefights on this card. A lot of people thought Choi won.

MAIN CARD

JACK DELLA MADDALENA VS. RAMAZAN EMEEV

WINNER: JACK MADDALENA VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 2:32

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RAMAZAN EMEEV VIA UD

Andrews: Kudos to Maddalena. He knocked out Emeev before he could use his grappling.

JAKE MATTHEWS VS. ANDRE FIALHO

WINNER: JAKE MATTHEWS VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 2:24

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JAKE MATTHEWS VIA UD

Andrews: Jake made a statement tonight.

ZHANG WEILI VS. JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK

WINNER: ZHANG WEILI VIA KO (SPINNING BACKFIST) R2 2:28

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK VIA TKO

Andrews: It was another great battle but Zhang really connected and that was it. We will miss you, Joanna.

Andrews Prediction: JoannaΒ JΔ™drzejczyk via TKO

(C) VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VS. #4 TALIA SANTOS

WINNER: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VIA SD (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)Β 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Wow! Santos really pushed Shevchenko and it kind of reminded me when Jon Jones got pushed by Gustafsson at UFC 165. Let’s see a rematch.

MAIN EVENT

(C) GLOVER TEIXEIRA VS. #2 JIRI PROCHAZKAΒ 

WINNER: JIRI PROCHAZKA VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R5 4:32

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GLOVER TEIXEIRA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Wow! Glover did what I thought he would do, and almost got it but Jiri just had a bit more left in the tank. Great fight!

The next UFC event is UFC on ESPN 37, which takes place Saturday June 18 at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas. Calvin Kattar takes on Josh Emmett in the main event.

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KenaiAndrews
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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