Wednesday, 07 June 2023 12:46 GMT

Russian fighter given shock UFC title shot

(MENAFN) Russian light strong sensation Magomed Ankalaev has been enlisted into a short-notice UFC world title session, when previous champion Jiri Prochazka was pushed to relinquish his title after what Dana White called a “very, very serious” wound.

Ankalaev, 18-1 in his mixed martial arts career, was set to deal with Polish previous light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz in the UFC 282 co-main event in Las Vegas on December 10, but that bout has currently been relocated to the headline slot in place of the previous top-billed fight, Prochazka against Glover Teixeira.

It was announced late on Wednesday that Czech fighter Prochazka had struggled with a serious shoulder wound which might sideline him for a year or more – provoking a reorganization which gave Ankalaev and Blachowicz a chance to take the UFC’s 205lbs title.

Teixeira, for now, has been removed from the card completely.

“UFC light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka has suffered a shoulder injury that will require a significant rehabilitation period,” the UFC stated.

“Out of respect to the athletes and the division, Prochazka has elected to vacate his title and will compete for the belt as soon as he is medically cleared.”


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