UFC 295 Recap: Procházka vs Pereira – A Night of Explosive Finishes and New Champions

UFC 295, held at Madison Square Garden in New York on November 11, 2023, was a night to remember, with explosive finishes and two new champions crowned.

In the main event, Alex Pereira faced Jiří Procházka for the vacant UFC light heavyweight championship. Pereira emerged victorious, securing a second-round KO at 4:08, becoming the ninth fighter in UFC history to win titles in two different weight classes and the first to do so at 185 and 205 pounds, respectively[1][3].

The co-main event featured Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall clashing for the UFC interim heavyweight title. Aspinall claimed the title with a first-round KO at 1:09[3]. With reigning heavyweight champion Jon Jones recovering from a torn pectoral muscle, Aspinall’s victory puts him in a strong position as the potential No. 1 contender[8].

Another notable fight on the main card was the women’s strawweight bout between Jéssica Andrade and Mackenzie Dern. Andrade defeated Dern via second-round TKO at 3:15[3].

The lightweight bout between Matt Frevola and Benoît Saint Denis ended with a first-round KO at 1:31 in favor of Saint Denis[3]. In the featherweight bout, Diego Lopes defeated Pat Sabatini with a first-round KO at 1:30[3].

The preliminary card featured several exciting fights as well, including Steve Erceg’s unanimous decision victory over Alessandro Costa in the flyweight bout[7]. In the women’s strawweight bout, Loopy Godínez defeated Tabatha Ricci via split decision[7]. Mateusz Rębecki submitted Roosevelt Roberts with an armbar in the first round of their lightweight bout[7].

Overall, UFC 295 delivered a thrilling night of action, with two new champions crowned and a series of memorable finishes.


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