When you retrieve Randy Couture dominating Tim Sylvia to go the oldest champion successful UFC past astatine 43 years-old successful 2007, your caput instantly jumps to that infinitesimal successful the archetypal round. Couture, undersized and outgunned against the reigning champion, catching Sylvia with an overhand close that brought the full arena to their feet. “The Natural” needed each 25 minutes to triumph the loop backmost that night, but to galore that combat ended past and there.
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Glover Teixeira’s triumph past October lacks the nostalgia of that moment, but was nevertheless conscionable arsenic singular adjacent if it lacked that melodramatic sequence. While Teixeira had enactment unneurotic a 5 combat win-streak to instrumentality to rubric contention, astir inactive expected the knockout powerfulness and acquisition of champion Jan Blachowicz to springiness him plentifulness to woody with. Instead, it seemed arsenic if the stars aligned for Teixeira arsenic helium outmaneuvered Blachowicz astatine each crook to debar dense harm and get the 2nd circular submission to triumph the title.
At 42 years-old, Teixeira’s triumph was a seminal 1 to accidental the least. After going 4-4 betwixt 2014 and 2017, it appeared for a clip that his tally whitethorn not beryllium destined to extremity with a UFC title. Now, aft adding Blachowicz to a resume that besides includes Thiago Santos and Anthony Smith, the question is: however agelong Teixeira’s Cinderella tally tin proceed earlier a younger contender makes the timepiece onslaught midnight? If helium tin crook backmost the latest challenger, it volition beryllium hard to not marque him the favourite against the contention coming aft him.
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For audiences that are lone acquainted with the promotions that run successful the Western Hemisphere, you whitethorn not recognize precisely however dazzling Jiri Prochazka’s resume is. The erstwhile RIZIN champion operated for years successful Japan wherever helium defeated existent Bellator champion Vadim Nemkov, existent Bellator contender Karl Albrektsson, erstwhile Bellator champion Brandon Halsey, and erstwhile Strikeforce champion Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal. Along the way, his breathtaking benignant made him a marquee attraction.
It is this estimation that has seen Prochazka person a emergence to prominence seemingly faster than Khamzat Chimaev contempt lone 2 UFC appearances. Of course, helium made them number arsenic his promotional debut successful 2020 saw him halt erstwhile rubric challenger Volkan Oezdemir successful the 2nd round. His pursuing bout was his archetypal UFC headliner, and helium utilized it to large effect by stopping different rubric challenger successful Dominick Reyes with a spinning back-elbow that was successful the moving for Knockout of the Year honors. Saturday volition people a small implicit a twelvemonth since the fight, but his benignant and his beingness arsenic a enactment of caller aerial has led to the UFC maintaining their stance since past twelvemonth that helium would beryllium adjacent for the belt.
While a UFC rubric triumph would beryllium a vocation changing infinitesimal for Prochazka, helium has admitted himself that helium volition request to attack his conflict with Teixeira differently. The challenger volition request to instrumentality a much disciplined attack and prime his spots to prosecute with Teixeira connected the feet arsenic to permission little openings to beryllium taken down and fto the champion deterioration him down. Teixeira should look to usage a multi-faceted onslaught wherever helium hides takedown attempts down a crisp boxing attack. Most importantly, helium should debar getting into exchanges successful the halfway of the cage with the younger and explosive challenger.
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A triumph for Prochazka would acceptable up immoderate fig of scenarios, but astir expect a gathering with erstwhile champion Jan Blachowicz successful a precocious illustration lawsuit successful Eastern Europe. While Teixeira has besides mentioned involvement successful Blachowicz, the information that their bout was alternatively caller and one-sided has galore pundits expecting that the adjacent rubric changeable if Teixeira is the rubric holder could spell to the victor of the upcoming bout betwixt Anthony Smith and Magomed Ankalaev successful precocious July.