Glover Teixeira takes on Jiri Prochazka as he makes the first defence of his light-heavyweight belt after becoming the oldest first-time champion in history last year, aged 42: Everything to know ahead of UFC 275
- Glover Teixeira returns to the octagon this weekend as he headlines UFC 275
- The veteran, 42, defends his light-heavyweight title against Jiri Prochazka
- The enticing bout is taking place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang
- Czech fighter Prochazka has made an impression in his two UFC outings to date
Veteran light-heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira finally returns to the octagon next weekend as he defends his title against the explosive Jiri Prochazka at UFC 275 in a match-up that was initially scheduled for UFC 274.
Teixeira, 42, made history last year as he submitted Jan Blachowicz to become the oldest first-time champion in UFC, finally getting his just rewards following a nine-year, 21-fight career.
The Brazilian now makes the first defence of his newly-acquired title against a championship-hungry Prochazka, 29, who has made an impressive start to his UFC career.
Glover Teixeir returns to the octagon this weekend as he defends his light-heavyweight belt
The Brazilian goes head-to-head with the fearsome Jiri Prochazka as they headline UFC 275
Prochazka, who boasts a formidable MMA record, has smashed through Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes in his two UFC fights to date, but in Teixeira the Czech fighter faces his most difficult test to date.
Teixeira is on a six-fight winning streak and seems to be getting better with age, but he recently admitted UFC 275 could be one of his final outings, with a rematch against Blachowicz the dream conclusion to his career.
With the intriguing spectacle swiftly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
The clash between Teixeira and Prochazka is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 11 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang.
The preliminary card will start at 1am on Sunday morning, for those in the UK, with the main card kicking off at 3am.
The pair are expected to touch gloves at around 5am, though that will of course depend on the results beforehand.
As stated, there is also plenty of action on the undercard, with the likes of Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk taking centre-stage.
How to watch the fight
UFC 271 will be available to watch on BT Sport, with their coverage starting at 1am.
Those not subscribed to BT Sport can sign up for a contract-free monthly pass for a price of £25. Viewers can then also stream the fight using their app or web player.
Alternatively, there are a number of BT Sport packages you can sign up for HERE.
Sportsmail will also be covering the fight live, so you can keep up-to-date with us.
Teixeira vs Prochazka: The keys stats
Height: 6ft 2in
Fight style: Striker
Record: 33W, 7L, 0D
Height: 6ft 3in
Fight style: Striker
Record: 28W, 3L, 1D
Teixeira claimed a stunning win over Jan Blachowicz last year to become the oldest first-time champion in UFC history
Teixeira, 42, came in as the underdog but submitted Blachowicz in two rounds at UFC 267
Prochazka destroyed Dominick Reyes last time out to continue his impressive start in UFC
Fight card in full
- Main event: Glover Teixeira (c) vs Jiri Prochazka – for Light Heavyweight Championship
- Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs Taila Santos – for Women’s Flyweight Championship
- Zhang Weili vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk
- Rogerio Bontorin vs Manel Kape
- Jack Della Maddalena vs Ramazan Emeev
- Seung Woo Choi vs Joshua Culibao
- Jake Matthews vs Andre Fialho
- Jacob Malkoun vs Brendan Allen
- Steve Garcia vs Hayisaer Maheshate
- Kang Kyung-ho vs Danaa Batgerel
- Liang Na vs Silvana Gomez Juarez
- Orion Cosce vs Mike Mathetha
- Ramona Pascual vs Joselyne Edwards
What’s been said?
Teixeira has admitted an imminent retirement could be on the cards but insists he’s been training as hard as ever in the build-up to the fight.
‘In camp right now, I’m a lion. You gotta come to see my training, then you’ll see you won’t ask that question about retirement,’ he said on MMA Hour With Ariel Helwani.
‘The way I’ve been training, the way I’ve been feeling, the way camp has been going, I’m so happy about everything.
‘Eventually I do want to retire, a perfect scenario is me beating this guy in Singapore and hopefully fight Jan [Blachowicz] at Madison Square Garden and then call it a day. But I don’t want to make a decision like that.
‘It’s a possibility, but I don’t wanna ‘I’m gonna retire this year’ or this or that. It’s tough, there’s so much fights out there, so much money in the game. And I’m just enjoying.’
Teixeira insists he’s training as hard as ever but admits an imminent retirement is on the cards
Meanwhile, Prochazka acknowledges he will have to make adjustments for the bout but insists he’s now more confident in his abilities than ever.
‘I have to change this style, especially in the ground, especially in the wrestling,’ Prochazka told MMA Fighting.
‘That’s why I drilled that with Henry [Cejudo] and then back in the Czech Republic with my coaches.
‘Everybody knows my strong weapon and my weakest weakness. That’s why I start to drill that [on the ground].
‘That’s why I’ve started to prepare the dangerous techniques in that, and I believe in myself in that much, much more than ever.’
Teixeira vs Prochazka: The odds
Though it’s Teixeira who comes into the fight as the champion, it’s Prochazka who is the heavy favorite to prevail next weekend.
Prochazka is the 4/9 favourite to get the win, while Teixeira comes in as the 13/8 underdog.
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
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