- Pereira and Prochazka will battle for the vacant mild heavyweight championship
- Pereira is making his second look within the division in his eleventh professional MMA battle
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The UFC 295 most important occasion that includes Alex Pereira and Jiri Prochazka for the sunshine heavyweight title turned official after each fighters efficiently weighed in on Friday morning.
Pereira stepped into the scales early at 9:11 AM and weighed in at 204lbs. Prochazka adopted shortly after, weighing in at 204.2lbs at 9:48 AM.
Pereira and Prochazka will compete for a vacant belt after former champion Jamahal Hill stepped down on account of an Achilles damage sustained throughout a basketball recreation.
Saturday’s headliner shall be Pereira’s second battle within the mild heavyweight division and Prochazka’s return from a 15-month absence.
‘I am so blissful that he’s on this weight class,’ Pereira’s coach and former mild heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira mentioned. ‘It is extra pure.’
The principle occasion for UFC 295 turned official after Pereira and Prochazka weighed in on Friday
Prochazka and Pereira will battle for the vacant UFC mild heavyweight title in New York Metropolis
Initially the co-main occasion, Pereira and Prochazka turned headliners after Jon Jones suffered an damage that scratched his title protection and legacy battle with Stipe Miocic.
In 2022, Pereira defeated his rival Israel Adesanya at Madison Sq. Backyard to change into the UFC middleweight champion. After dropping the belt of their fourth assembly (second in MMA), Pereira moved to mild heavyweight and defeated one other former champion, Jan Blachowicz.
A victory on Saturday would make Pereira the quickest fighter to win two titles within the UFC, and doing so in his eleventh skilled MMA battle.
Alternatively, Prochazka gained the title in opposition to Teixeira in June of 2022 however vacated it shortly after on account of a shoulder damage.
Regardless of over a 12 months of inactivity, Prochazka rides a 13-fight win streak into Saturday.