Glover Teixeira’s first title defence is reportedly all set on the UFC’s calendar.
As first reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Teixeira will look to defend his light heavyweight title against the current #2 ranked contender Jiri Prochazka at UFC 274. While the PPV event has yet to have a location and venue be confirmed, the 205 lbs championship bout is set to take place on May 7th.
Teixeira (33-7) remarkably claimed the UFC light heavyweight title at 42-years of age last year as the Brazilian scored a second-round submission over Jan Blachowicz at UFC 267. Teixeira’s latest victory would mark his sixth-straight inside of the octagon and became the oldest first-time champion in UFC history in the process. With a 20-year career under his belt, Teixeira has notable wins over the likes of Rashad Evans, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Ryan Bader.
Prochazka (28-3-1) meanwhile will receive his first crack at UFC gold with only two promotional bouts on his resume. After signing with the UFC in 2020 after a reign as Rizin FF’s light heavyweight champion, the Czech fighter has scored back-to-back second-round KO’s over former title challengers in Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes. The 29-year old is currently on a 12-fight winning streak and has won 27 of his 28 career victories inside of the scheduled distance.