UFC Fighters unleash fury on Marc Goddard after UFC 295.
Alex Pereira claimed the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 295 with a victory over Jiří Procházka, but it wasn’t without some controversy.
The title fight took place in New York City, with Pereira and Procházka vying for the vacant UFC light heavyweight belt left open by Jamahal Hill due to injury.
The first round was a back-and-forth affair, featuring Pereira’s aggressive low kicks and a significant takedown by Procházka. In the latter part of the round, Procházka controlled Pereira on the ground, but Pereira managed to get back on his feet just before the bell.
The second round saw Pereira land a left uppercut that dropped Procházka, who managed to stand up but faced a barrage of elbow strikes. Referee Marc Goddard intervened, judging Procházka as appearing limp, although Procházka vehemently protested the stoppage. UFC analysts Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier joined in, criticizing the decision as premature.
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See how UFC fighters reacted to the UFC 295 main event:
Thought that was an early stoppage gotta see what happens when they’re on the ground! #UFC295 But still congrats to POATAN
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) November 12, 2023
Ankalaev skills it’s a different level #ufc295
— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) November 12, 2023
BULLSHIT EARLY STOPPAGE!!! MARC GODDARD DOES IT AGAIN!!! WE ARE FIGHTERS, LET US FIGHT!!! #UFC295
— Merab “The Machine” Dvalishvili (@MerabDvalishvil) November 12, 2023
— Aleksandar Rakic (@rakic_ufc) November 12, 2023
I think Pereira Can even win at Heavyweight #UFC295
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) November 12, 2023
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) November 12, 2023
Alex Pereira a 2 division champ . Funny story, I believe I talked him into doing mma a few years ago . He was going to help me get ready for Izzy but it never materialized due to a hurricane in my area ! #UFC295
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) November 12, 2023
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) November 12, 2023
Pereira’s journey to the UFC light heavyweight title started with his divisional debut at UFC 291, where he secured a split decision victory against Jan Blachowicz upon moving to 205lbs full-time.
In an impressive feat, Pereira now holds two divisional titles, making him the ninth two-division world champion in UFC history, all within just 11 fights in MMA, following a successful career in Glory Kickboxing.
After clinching the light heavyweight title at UFC 295, Pereira wasted no time in calling out his longtime rival, Israel Adesanya, in a bid to bring stability and clarity to the light heavyweight division.