UFC 295: Prochazka vs. Pereira, which takes place on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York, features a main event between former kickboxer Alex Pereira and former UFC light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka. At UFC 275 in June 2022, Prochazka defeated Glover Teixeira via submission to win the light heavyweight championship; however, he was subsequently forced to give up the belt because of an injury.
At 10 p.m. ET, the main UFC 295 bout program goes up. According to the most recent UFC 295 odds, Pereira is a -125 favorite (risk $125 to win $100), while Prochazka is back at +105. A heavyweight interim title match between Sergei Pavlovich (-105) and Tom Aspinall (-115) is the co-main event.
UFC 295: How Might The Fight Between Prochazka vs. Pereira Go?
As the younger player, Prochazka has a little reach edge in this encounter. Though Prochazka doesn’t always make the most of his length like other lengthy fighters in MMA, Pereira is used to competing against taller and longer opponents (Israel Adesanya is 6-foot-4 with an 80-inch reach).
In this clash of UFC 295, Pereira is the more technically proficient attacker, but it might not matter.
For a technician like Pereira, who is used to dissecting opponents and setting up his left hook against fighters who will typically stand in front of him, Prochazka’s unconventional striking style, willingness to crash the pocket, and incredible pace, pressure, and tenacity can present challenges.
Let’s say Jiri Prochazka wants to challenge Poatan to a range game or a straight-up distance combat. Given Jiri’s karate-style posture (low hands), I would anticipate the Brazilian to capitalize on it and deliver clean blows to a vulnerable opponent (40 percent striking defense).
Prochazka is also highly vulnerable to calf kicks from that posture, so it is anticipated Pereira will try to cut down his opponent’s lead leg from the opening bell in order to avoid pressure and limit his mobility.
Prochazka is an offensive force that consistently strikes the ball with volume and fluidity, utilizing all eight points of contact (hands, feet, knees, and elbows).
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