2 Championship Fights Set for UFC 295 as Dana White Allows Alex Pereira to Fight for Vacant Title in Jon Jones-Headlined PPV’s Co-Main

Published 09/20/2023, 11:51 PM EDT

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UFC 295 is here and Jiri Prochazka is back with a vengeance to fight Alex Pereira. In a recent video, UFC CEO Dana White announced two big fights for the upcoming events which include UFC 295 and 296. With great excitement, White has reinforced that Jon Jones defending the heavyweight title against former champ Stipe Miocic, would be the main event while announcing the unexpected co-event.

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Prochazka is back to reclaim his title, after recovery from what White deems, “the worst shoulder injury in the history of UFC.” Only this time he would be facing the absolute beast ‘Poatan,’ and it will be exciting to see who raises the last hand and claims the ultimate title. So let’s hear what the UFC boss has to say from the man himself!

Dana White confirms Alex Pereira fight amongst others

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Dana White called Alex Pereira “one of the scariest dudes to ever set foot in the Octagon.” Looks like the fighter will be going up in his weight class to try and become a champion in multiple divisions. Pereira lost his title to Israel Adesanya this year in the month of April. Now the title belongs to Sean Strickland and it looks like ‘Poatan’ is in no hurry to claim it back. White announced other thrilling bouts and we are here for it.

“At UFC 296, on December 16th in Las Vegas, Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington will headline our last pay-per-view of the year with the welterweight title on the line,”  White continued. “The champ hasn’t lost in eight years and he’s coming off back-to-back wins over the greatest welterweight of all time, Kamaru Usman. He is defending his title against Colby Covington, a relentless pressure fighter with unstoppable cardio.”

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Leon Edwards is one of the toughest fighters in the UFC right now and has several contenders trying to step up to the challenge. Colby Covington, on the other hand, boasts a brilliant record of 17-3. Dana White also announced the co-main event for UFC 296, “UFC flyweight champion Alexandre Pantoja faces number four, Brandon Royval. Pantoja is an absolute savage with eighteen career finishes, coming off his second win over Brandon Moreno,” White said. “Royval’s only UFC losses are against the division’s last two champs, Pantoja and Moreno.”

The last time we saw Pereira with a belt was right before ‘Izzy’ took it away from him in just one month. Prochazka on the other end just let his belt go out of honor for other capable fighters. There is a semblance of a drive for both the fighters and it’s very similar. Pereira wants to be a champion again and so does Prochazka.

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As Dana mentioned, Leon Edwards has been more or less unstoppable for the last eight years. He defeated Kamaru Usman by decision after going toe-to-toe for five rounds. Covington is the opponent that might challenge Edwards in a test of stamina and resilience, this is what makes the fight so interesting.

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On the other hand, we have UFC 295 going down with Jon Jones defending against Stipe Miocic. Everyone knows the legend of Jones who has always been one of Dana White’s favorites. Miocic too has been training day-in and day-out sharing his pictures and training videos on Instagram.

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Fans have their excitement divided well between the two big fights. So what do you think would be the fate of Prochazka vs. Pereira? Will Jon Jones keep his title? Tell us in the comments below and keep an eye out on this space for more such exciting updates!

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