Jiri Prochazka Pulled From UFC 282 Due To Injury, Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev Elevated To Main Event Light Heavyweight Title Fight

UFC 282 has undergone a major shakeup.

First reported by Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jiri Prochazka has been pulled out of his scheduled title defense against the man he defeated for the title, Glover Teixeira, at UFC 282.

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Prochazka reportedly injured his right shoulder during wrestling training in his camp during preparations for his now canceled bout against Teixeira. The now-former champion's manager, Tim Simpson confirmed the injury to Yahoo!:

"The shoulder got wrecked in a standard wrestling accident type of thing. You know how shoulders are, right? It pops out and a lot of the time, you pop it right back in. There was a wait and it popped out. And you never really know with a shoulder until you dig into it."

UFC President, Dana White had quite the scary update when speaking with Iole:

"This is the worst shoulder injury the doctors have seen in UFC history. It's really f***ing bad. His shoulder is very, very bad. He's going to have serious surgery that will require extensive rehab."

Per Iole's report, Teixeira has declined a fight for an interim title and the show's originally scheduled co-main event between former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jan Blachowicz and surging contender, Magomed Ankalaev will now be a five-round main event for the newly-vacated title.

UFC 282's updated card can be found below:

  • (#2) Jan Blachowicz (29-9) vs. (#3) Magomed Ankalaev (18-1) — UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
  • (#9) Darren Till (18-4-1) vs. (#13) Dricus du Plessis (17-2)
  • (#9) Bryce Mitchell (15-1) vs. (#14) Ilia Topuria (12-0)
  • (#9) Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-4) vs. (#11) Chris Daukaus (12-5)
  • Paddy Pimblett (19-3) vs. Jared Gordon (19-5)
  • Robbie Lawler (29-16) vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio (29-6)
  • Raul Rosas Jr. (6-0) vs. Jay Perrin (10-6)
  • Alexander Gustafsson (18-8) vs. Ovince Saint-Preux (26-16)
  • Edmen Shahbazyan (11-3) vs. Dalcha Lungiambula (11-5)
  • Billy Quarantillo (16-4) vs. Alexander Hernandez (13-5)
  • Chris Curtis (29-9) vs. Joaquin Buckley (15-5)
  • TJ Brown (16-9) vs. Erik Silva (9-1)
  • Vinicius Salvador (14-4) vs. Daniel da Silva (11-4)

Fightful will provide any updates on the condition of Prochazka as they become available. Best wishes to the champion on a speedy recovery and return to the octagon.

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