Jiri Prochazka isn’t UFC light heavyweight champion anymore, and the man expected to challenge for the title no longer will.
The UFC 282 main event between Prochazka (29-3-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and former champ Glover Teixiera (33-8 MMA, 16-6 UFC) has been canceled. Prochazka suffered a “serious” shoulder injury and has vacated his title, Yahoo Sports! first reported Wednesday.
“UFC light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka has suffered a shoulder injury that will require a significant rehabilitation period,” the UFC said in a statement. “Out of respect to the athletes and the division, Prochazka has elected to vacate his title and will compete for the belt as soon as he is medically cleared.”
It’s unclear why Teixeira won’t compete for the title after originally being scheduled to. Yahoo! Sports reported that Teixeira “turned down title fight.” Teixeira hasn’t reacted publicly as of this writing.
UFC 282 takes place Dec. 10 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with the main card on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.
Prochazka and Teixeira were set to rematch after a wild UFC 275 headliner many viewers deemed a “Fight of the Year” candidate. To cap off a back-and-forth affair, Prochakza submitted Teixeira in the final minutes of the bout to win the title.
Following its conclusion, both Prochazka and Teixeira advocated for a rematch. The UFC obliged and set Ankalaev vs. Blachowicz as a likely title eliminator on the same card.
Blachowicz has won six of his most recent seven outings with his only loss his championship defeat to Teixeira. Meanwhile, Ankalaev has won nine in a row.
With the change, the UFC 282 lineup includes:
Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev – for vacant light heavyweight title
Robbie Lawler vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Jared Gordon vs. Paddy Pimblett
Bryce Mitchell vs. Ilia Topuria
Philipe Lins vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Dalcha Lungiambula vs. Edmen Shahbazyan
Dricus Du Plessis vs. Darren Till
Chris Daukaus vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Alexander Hernandez vs. Billy Quarantillo
TJ Brown vs. Erik Silva
Joaquin Buckley vs. Chris Curtis
Ronnie Lawrence vs. Cameron Saaiman
Daniel da Silva vs. Vinicius Salvador