Jiri Prochazka and Alex Pereira are set to face each other at the UFC 295 PPV event, competing for the vacant light heavyweight title.
Dana White has officially announced via a video on UFC’s social media channels(embedded below) confirmed that Prochazka and Pereira will battle for the vacant light heavyweight title, and this bout will serve as the co-main event for the UFC 295 PPV event.
The light heavyweight title became vacant in July when the champion, Jamahal Hill, sustained an Achilles tendon injury while playing pickup basketball.
Jiri Prochazka is making his return after recovering from a shoulder injury that kept him out of competition in 2023. He was originally scheduled to defend the light heavyweight title itself in a rematch against Glover Teixeira at UFC 282 event but had to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.
Prochazka is currently on a 13-fight winning streak, with three of those wins coming in the UFC. His last took place at the UFC 275 event, where he won the title from Glover Teixeira by submission in the final minute of the fifth round.
Alex Pereira’s most recent fight was at UFC 291 event, where he claimed victory over Jan Błachowicz through a split decision. Prior to the Błachowicz bout, Pereira suffered a loss to Israel Adesanya at the UFC 287 event in a fight to defend UFC Middleweight Championship that ended his four-fight winning streak.
UFC 295 event is set to take place on November 11, 2023, at Madison Square Garden in New York, United States. A Heavyweight Championship title match is set to headline the event, where Jon Jones will face Stipe Miocic.
Several more bouts are reported for the event including a blockbuster women’s contest between Mackenzie Dern and Jéssica Andrade.