After Jamahal Hill relinquished his belt due to a leg injury he sustained in a basketball game in July, the championship spot remained vacant. Hill's former belt will be fought on November 11 in Madison Square Garden in New York by two fighters who have had good results lately.
Alex Pereira (8-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) will face Jiri Prochazka (29-3 -1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) for the promotion's vacant light heavyweight title. Alex Pereria also spoke about that long-awaited match on his YouTube channel. Pereria emphasized that all the dice fell into place for him to be the new champion.
He emphasized that it is not just a story, but that he is training hard like never before in his life for this match. It will be very interesting to watch this promising duo at UFC 295.
A big match is waiting for us, for sure we are all very excited
“I feel like I’m being well received in this sport where many doubted me like, ‘He won’t make it – too much of a striker … can’t defend … can’t grapple,'” Pereira said on his YouTube channel.
“I’ve been proving those skeptics wrong, earning their respect and today, I see those doubters have flipped and are now fans. Those who were negative before, I see how they’ve changed their mind. But also, it’s my actions that are helping change their thoughts.
“So it makes sense, but big thanks to everyone for the messages, the motivation, and I’m just so stoked. OK, so it’s going to be a fight, a real spectacle, because it’s different styles. But it’s a style everyone loves, and I’m super stoked to have booked this fight.
I’m sure it’s going to be a blast. I don’t think anyone will regret watching this fight”. Pereira said that he respects his opponent Prochazko, who will certainly give him a good fight, but emphasizes that he is one step above.
“Talking about Jiri, he’s a seasoned guy everyone knows – former champ, strong guy,” Pereira said. “His style can be a bit tricky to figure out, but I’ve got loads of experience. I’m used to this kind of fighter, especially a striker.
We know he’s no slouch on the ground. He’s a seasoned fighter, and I’m ready for anything”. as quoted by MMAJunkie.