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UFC 295 Main Card: All You Need to Know About Prochazka vs Pereira and Pavlovich vs Aspinall
- Jiří Procházka will face Alex Pereira for the vacant Light Heavyweight Championship
- Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall square off the interim heavyweight title
- Jon Jones was supposed to fight Stipe Miocic in the main event of UFC 295
We are just a few days away from UFC 295, and excitement is building for one of the year's biggest events.
Jiří Procházka will lock horns with Alex Pereira for the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, while Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall will battle for the interim heavyweight title.
Here’s all you need to know about the main card fights in UFC 295.
Jiří Procházka vs. Alex Pereira
The much-anticipated light heavyweight title showdown between former champ, Jiří Procházka and Alex Pereira - the former UFC middleweight champion - will headline the card.
Jon Jones was supposed to fight Stipe Miocic in the main event, but the former had to withdraw due to a torn pectoral tendon.
Pereira will be looking to make history with the 36-year-old Brazilian aiming to become the latest two-weight champion in the UFC, per Eurosport.
Pereira made his light heavyweight debut at UFC 291, beating Jan Blachowicz by split decision.
He will have his work cut out for him, however, against Prochazka, who claimed the light heavyweight title last year following a victory over Glover Teixeira at UFC 275.
Prochazka is desperate to regain the belt he vacated due to injury.
Sergei Pavlovich vs. Tom Aspinall
With Jones vs. Miocic scrapped, UFC decided to book an interim title bout for the heavyweight division.
Sergei Pavlovich, who was the scheduled backup fighter for that Jones vs. Miocic showdown, will face Tom Aspinall in the co-main event.
Pavlovich holds an 18-1 MMA record, winning each of his last six UFC fights by knockout in the first round.
Aspinall is coming off an impressive victory over Marcin Tybura last July. It was a triumphant return for Aspinall, who suffered a nasty leg injury in his loss to Curtis Blaydes last year.
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Jessica Andrade vs. Mackenzie Dern
Dern heads into her showdown with Andrade with momentum on her side. She is coming off a dominant Fight of the Night victory over Angela Hill to improve her record to 13-3.
She will look to make it back-to-back wins against Andrade, who has lost three of her last four fights.
Andrade was stopped in each of her three defeats this year, making this the worst skid of the former strawweight champ’s MMA career.
Matt Frevola vs. Benoit Saint-Denis
Frevola and Saint-Denis will definitely go for the knockout when they face each other at UFC 295.
Frevola has won his last three fights by knockout, including an impressive stoppage of Drew Dober.
Saint-Denis has been on fire since dropping to the lightweight division, winning all four of his fights by knockout, per CBS Sports. He dismantled Thiago Moises in his last fight, recording a TKO victory in the second round.
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Diego Lopes vs. Pat Sabatini
The first fight of the UFC 295 main card is a showdown between Diego Lopes and Pat Sabatini.
Lopes comes into this bout with an MMA record of 22-6, with eight of his victories coming by way of knockout. He won his last fight against Gavin Tucker by submission in the first round back in August.
Sabatini is coming off an impressive win over Lucas Almeida last June, recording a second-round submission. He has won seven of his last eight MMA fights.
Adesanya steps away from UFC
Sports Brief previously reported on Israel Adesanya stepping away from the UFC.
"The Last Stylebender" is coming off a stunning title loss to Sean Strickland.
Adesanya stated he was not retiring but would just take a break from the sport.