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Alex Pereira vs Jiri Prochazka 2 Preview & Picks – Pereira To KO Prochazka In UFC 303 Rematch

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26 Jun 2024
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Leigh Copson 26 Jun 2024
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  • Alex Pereira vs Jiri Prochazka 2 picks for Saturday, June 29
  • UFC 303 is taking place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
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    Alex Pereira vs Jiri Prochazka 2 Preview & Picks
  • Alex Pereira vs Jiri Prochazka 2 Preview & Picks
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  • Alex Pereira Form
  • Jiri Prochazka Form

Alex Pereira vs Jiri Prochazka 2 Preview & Picks

Alex Pereira is tipped to retain his UFC light-heavyweight title via knockout.

Pereira is the crisper, more technical striker, and he combines that skill with fight-finishing power.

He knocked out Prochazka in the first meeting between the pair, and we expect repeat scenes.

  • Alex Pereira is 3-0 in the light-heavyweight division
  • 8 of Alex Pereira’s 10 wins have come via KO/TKO
  • Alex Pereia beat Jiri Prochazka by TKO last November

Head To Head

  • Alex Pereira beat Jiri Prochazka by second-round TKO in November 2023

Alex Pereira Form

Alex Pereira is the defending UFC light-heavyweight champion with a career record of 10-2 (8 KOs).

Pereira crossed over to mixed martial arts in 2015 after a successful career in kickboxing, and debuted in the UFC in November 2021.

He stopped Andreas Michailidis in the second round in his debut, and backed that up with a unanimous decision win over Bruno Silva.

‘Poatan’ then stopped Sean Strickland in the first round to earn himself a shot at then-middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.

Pereira shocked the world as he ended Adesanya’s reign via fifth-round TKO, only to surrender the belt in the rematch when he was knocked out in the second.

The 36-year-old Brazilian moved up to light-heavyweight after that loss and beat former champion Jan Blachowicz by split decision in his debut at 205lbs.

He then claimed the vacant title with a second-round knockout of Jiri Prochazka, before successfully defending the crown by knocking out Jamahal Hill in April of this year.

Jiri Prochazka Form

Jiri Prochazka is a former UFC light-heavyweight champion with a professional record of 30-1 (26 KOs, 3 Subs) and 1 draw.

Prochazka spent the first several years of his career competing in Europe and Japan, before finally debuting in the UFC in July 2020.

He made an immediate splash by knocking out former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir in the second round.

The 31-year-old Czech fighter followed that up with a second-round knockout of Dominick Reyes, landing himself a shot at the 205lb title in June 2022.

Prochazka took his big chance, submitting Glover Texeira with less than 30 seconds remaining in their title fight.

Injury forced him to vacate the title without ever defending it, and when he returned to action last year he was knocked out in the second round by champion Alex Pereira.

He bounced back immediately though, stopping Aleksandar Rakic with strikes in the second round.

Verdict

Jiri Prochazka is a dangerous striker, but Alex Pereira is a level above the former champion.

His mix of skill and brutal power have been too much for many opponents, including Prochazka, so we expect the champion to retain by stoppage.

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