Alex Pereira Delivers Second Round Head Kick Knockout Of Jiri Prochazka At UFC 303

Live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at UFC 303, Alex Pereira maintained his light heavyweight championship status by separating Jiri Prochazka from reality with a devastating head kick.

This bout, a replacement for the originally planned main event between Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler, is the second time this pair has met in the octagon. Back in November 2023, “Poatan” stopped Prochazka with strikes in the second round to earn the vacant 205-pound title, becoming a two division champion just two years with the organization.

The first round of the pair’s rematch was fairly competitive in the striking game, with both parties finding their mark, but it was clear that Pereira was simply just collecting data by reading feints. Right at the end of the round, the Brazilian’s investment in research paid dividends as he dropped his Czech opponent to the canvas with a trademark left hook while Prochazka stepped forward. Luckily for Prochazka, the bell sounded just as he hit the octagon floor, but it seems he was unable to recover from the blow in between rounds.

Just a short period of time into the second round, Pereira delivered a lightning fast left high kick that connected flush with the head of Prochazka. The kick sent him to the mat for a second time, and after just a couple strikes to his grounded opponent, the fight was called off with Pereira standing victorious.

Following the bout, Joe Rogan asked if “Poatan” is considering a move to heavyweight in an attempt to capture a title in a 3rd UFC weight division. The Brazilian answered as if the thought has been on his mind, and while it does not seem immediate, jumping up in weight once more seems like it is very well in his future.

 

Official Result: Alex Pereira def. Jiri Prochazka via Knockout (Head Kick) – Round 2, 0:13

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“It’s incredible, right? No, I don’t think like that, especially when you’ve got a guy that’s coming in from kickboxing. You know? He has this long kickboxing career, and is older coming into the UFC. I think the exact opposite. This guy’s not gonna do very well here. He’s gonna get taken down, smashed, submitted, you know, all that kind of stuff. But, man was I wrong,” Dana White

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