Alex Pereira grabs light heavyweight championship at UFC 295

Nov 11, 2023; New York, NY, USA; Jiri Prochazka (red gloves) fights Alex Pereira (blue gloves) during UFC 295 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Pereira knocked out Jiri Prochazka on Saturday night to claim the light heavyweight championship in the main event at UFC 295 in New York.

Pereira (9-2-0) sent Prochazka to the mat with a right hook before using a barrage of elbows to earn the victory at 4:08 of the second round. The Brazilian has now won back-to-back UFC bouts after a loss to Israel Adesanya on April 8.

It was a fairly even fight until the knockdown, as Pereira held narrow advantages in total strikes (49-44), significant strikes (38-30) and shots to the head (21-18).

In another title fight, Tom Aspinall (14-3-0) secured the interim heavyweight belt by beating Sergei Pavlovich (18-2-0) via knockout.

Other winners on Saturday included Jessica Andrade (25-12-0), Benoit Saint Denis (13-1-0) and Diego Lopes (23-6-0).

–Field Level Media

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