UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Glover Teixeira will look to defend his title against Jiří Procházka May 7th at UFC 274, per Brett Okamoto.
Fighting out of Bethel, Connecticut, Glover Teixeira personifies perseverance. Born in Sobrália, Minas Gerais, Teixeira made his UFC debut May 26th 2012 at UFC 146, submitting Kyle Kingsbury inside the first round. The debut victory began a five fight win-streak that propelled the Brazilian to a Light Heavyweight Championship fight with Jon Jones at UFC 172, April 26th 2014. Teixeira lost the bout via unanimous decision, and over the course of the following 4 years would amass a 5-4 record from 9 fights. However, at UFC Fight Night 143, January 19th 2019, Teixeira began a five fight win-streak (including 4 stoppage victories) that welcomed a second Light Heavyweight Championship fight at UFC 267. At 42-years old, Teixera dethroned reigning champion Jan Błachowicz via rear-naked choke submission to secure the Light Heavyweight title.
Teixeira, however, faces a formidable challenger in Jiří ‘Denisa’ Procházka. The 29-year-old, fighting out of Brno, Czech Republic, holds a 28-3-1 professional record. After showcasing his talents with Japanese promotion Rizin, Procházka made his UFC debut at UFC 251 July 12th 2020, and made an immediate statement with an impressive second round KO of Volkan Oezdemir. The 29-year old made his second, and most recent, octagon appearance at UFC Vegas 25, May 1st 2021, brutalising Dominick Reyes with a sensational spinning back elbow KO that earned both a ‘Performance of the Night’, and ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus.