Glover Teixeira became the second oldest person to win a UFC title at 42 years of age, only behind Randy Couture who was 43 years old who won the Heavyweight title at UFC 68 in 2007.
He fought for the UFC Light Heavyweight title way back in April 2014 at UFC 172, a fight which he lost via decision to Jon Jones.
The Brazilian put together five wins on the trot to earn another shot at UFC gold and his submission win against Jan Blachowicz in October last year is one of the best stories in the history of the sport.
Jiri Prochazka will be the first athlete from the Chech republic to fight for a UFC title and he earns the right after just two UFC fights.
But he has a long and storied career in the sport on MMA, winning the inaugural Rizin Light Heavyweight championship in 2019.
He has incredibly won 25 of his 28 career pro fights by KO and the judges have been needed just once during his career.
A second round KO win over Volkan Oezdemir earned him a fight with former title contender Dominick Reyes, a fight which he won with a vicious spinning back elbow in the second round.
We know just how dangerous and unpredictable Jiri’s striking is but we have rarely seen his ground game, mainly because he finishes his opponent’s before they get a chance to grapple.
Teixeira is not only a very dangerous BBJ artist but his striking is underrated.
At 42 years of age, and against someone with so many striking weapons I think his reign as UFC champion will be short lived.
Jiri Prochazka will be the new Light Heavyweight champion and it will take a special fighter to beat him.