Jiri Prochazka isn’t UFC light heavyweight champion anymore, and the man expected to challenge for the title no longer will.
The UFC 282 main event between Prochazka (29-3-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and former champ Glover Teixiera (33-8 MMA, 16-6 UFC) has been canceled. Prochazka suffered a “serious” shoulder injury and has vacated his title, Yahoo Sports! first reported Wednesday.
“UFC light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka has suffered a shoulder injury that will require a significant rehabilitation period,” the UFC said in a statement. “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.”
UFC president Dana White shed light on the severity of Prochazka’s injured right shoulder.
“This is the worst shoulder injury the doctors have seen in UFC history,” White told Yahoo Sports!. “It’s really f*cking bad. His shoulder is very, very bad. He’s going to have serious surgery that will require extensive rehab.”
It’s unclear why Teixeira won’t compete for the title after originally being scheduled to. Yahoo! Sports reported that Teixeira “turned down title fight.” Teixeira hasn’t reacted publicly as of this writing.
UFC 282 takes place Dec. 10 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with the main card on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.
Prochazka and Teixeira were set to rematch after a wild UFC 275 headliner many viewers deemed a “Fight of the Year” candidate. To cap off a back-and-forth affair, Prochakza submitted Teixeira in the final minutes of the bout to win the title.
Following its conclusion, both Prochazka and Teixeira advocated for a rematch. The UFC obliged and set Ankalaev vs. Blachowicz as a likely title eliminator on the same card.
Blachowicz has won six of his most recent seven outings with his only loss his championship defeat to Teixeira. Meanwhile, Ankalaev has won nine in a row.
With the change, the UFC 282 lineup includes:
- Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev – for vacant light heavyweight title
- Robbie Lawler vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
- Jared Gordon vs. Paddy Pimblett
- Bryce Mitchell vs. Ilia Topuria
- Philipe Lins vs. Ovince Saint Preux
- Dalcha Lungiambula vs. Edmen Shahbazyan
- Dricus Du Plessis vs. Darren Till
- Chris Daukaus vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
- Alexander Hernandez vs. Billy Quarantillo
- TJ Brown vs. Erik Silva
- Joaquin Buckley vs. Chris Curtis
- Ronnie Lawrence vs. Cameron Saaiman
- Daniel da Silva vs. Vinicius Salvador