UFC 295 co-main event set: Jiri Prochazka vs. Alex Pereira for vacant light heavyweight title

Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic is no longer the only UFC title fight on the promotion’s 30th anniversary event.

After weeks of speculation as to what the UFC 295 co-headliner could be,  promotion CEO Dana White officially announced Jiri Prochazka vs. Alex Pereira will take place for the vacant light heavyweight title. The card takes place Nov. 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Prochazka (29-3-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Pereira (8-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) will compete for the promotion’s light heavyweight title, which was vacated in July by then-champion Jamahal Hill, who suffered an Achilles tendon injury in a pickup basketball game.

Like Hill, Prochazka was a UFC champion who never lost his title. After he defeated Glover Teixeira for the strap in June 2022, Prochazka forfeited the championship after he was forced out due to injury. The fight at UFC 295 will be his first in 17 months. He rides a 13-fight winning streak into the matchup.

Pereira is a former UFC middleweight champion who looks to become a titleholder in a second weight class. Following his title loss to Israel Adesanya in April, Pereira elevated to light heavyweight. He won his divisional debut over former champion Jan Blachowicz by split decision at UFC 291 in July.

With the addition, the UFC 295 lineup includes:

  • Champ Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic – for heavyweight title

  • Alex Pereira vs. Jiri Prochazka – for vacant light heavyweight title

  • Jessica Andrade vs. Mackenzie Dern

  • Kevin Borjas vs. Joshua Van

  • Stephen Erceg vs. Matt Schnell

  • Jared Gordon vs. Mark Madsen

  • Diego Lopes vs. Pat Sabatini

  • Nurullo Aliev vs. Mateusz Rebecki

  • Dennis Buzukja vs. Jamall Emmers

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 295.

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