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The motivation behind loud financial data

OUR ISAs, bonds and investments can hide a little during market turmoil, but understanding it and how it can benefit creates opportunity. (Author: Gardener)

OUR ISAs, bonds and investments can hide a little during market turmoil, but understanding it and how it can benefit creates opportunity. It also creates the opportunity for investors to lose significant returns on their investments through knee-jerk exit reactions. A few months ago I showed a series of very positive media headlines about markets (which would have attracted investors) followed by significant losses and a series of negative headlines immediately followed by significant gains. There is significant noise and it is paramount to be sober through noisy data with investments. “Pump and dump” means that an organization deliberately moves a market either up or down in order to then sell or buy it at above its value (Sell) or below its value (Buy). In 2019, Morgan Stanley was fined €20 million for pump-and-dump tactics, and recently there have been many pump-and-dump strategies in the virtually unregulated cryptocurrency sector. These scams have taken more than $2.8 billion in crypto in 2021. The person looking to sell the asset uses multiple social media platforms and "nice girl avatars" to "pump up" prices, relying on your "fear of missing out" (FOMO) and whoops, as the price rises, they quietly exit the market with a hefty profit. Emotions can run high with FOMO and the brain reaction is well known to those looking to turn their loss into their gain. In any state of high arousal (fear or excitement), the brain's ability to think logically decreases sharply and the mind becomes very binary: choose blue or red; Brexit or stay; Mask or anti-mask - you get the drift. This strategy is also very well known and strategic for those who want to part with your hard earned money and most notable is that when we are aroused we are very suggestible. It's hard to get your emotional needs met when so many gears are rusted or not working. When our emotional needs aren't being met in the right way, we may try to meet them in other ways, some of which may be unhealthy. And that's where emotion comes in. Overexcitation makes your investment in a product (Euromillions) worthwhile with a 139,838,160 chance of winning. Currently, the Securities and Exchange Commission has issued subpoenas to a number of high profile companies in the US for abusing block trading and we will await the outcome of that. In September 2021, Jay Powell ordered a review of the Federal Reserve's ethics rules after raising concerns about trading at the Fed. Certain officials who had come under fire for securities trading resigned. In January 2022, the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve resigned (the third in as many months) after revelations about his stock trading at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Markets had been slumped by the coronavirus chaos, but the vice chairman shifted capital into stocks just before the Fed announced it was ready to step in and provide economic support. As a psychologist friend once said to me, “Stop trying to force your views on fairness on the world. Accept that it's not fair and navigate through it.” That is indeed true, so do the right thing with all money decisions and just let a cool head like your independent financial adviser, lawyer or accountant guide you. This investment will turn out to be one of the best you've ever made. Peter McGahan is Chief Executive of independent financial adviser Worldwide Financial Planning, which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Paddy Pimblett reacts after Dana White vowed the UFC fight will never take place at Anfield

PADDY PIMBLETT doesn't think Dana White is telling the truth. (Author: Gardener)

Dana WhitePaddy Pimblett remains confident UFC will hold an event at Anfield Stadium, though company president Dana White has stated otherwise. The proud Liverpool native has dreamed of fighting at the home of his beloved youth club Liverpool FC since the beginning of his MMA career. The avid football fan has sold out the Liverpool Echo Arena multiple times for his previous rise to Cage Warriors and believes he will have similar success when the UFC comes to Anfield. I know I'll fight here someday; I've imagined it and imagined it over the years and now it's getting closer and closer. I know for a fact that it will happen. It will happen in the next five years. “This city will make it possible. However, despite Pimblett's insistence on an Anfield main event, Dana White is less than convinced by the suggestion of an outdoor show in England. When asked about the possibility of the UFC holding an event at Anfield on the Spinning Backfist MMA show, White said, "I'm not going outside. Listen, if you go outside, go to Abu Dhabi, where it's so hot as hell and it's absolutely not going to rain." Since the recent comments, Pimblett has responded with a tweet, citing White's 2011 comments that women "never ' would fight in the UFC. "My husband also once said that women will never fight in the UFC ... You boy will do the same Anfield here we come baby," Pimblett said. The UFC's first and only Liverpool event was refereed by fellow Liverpool man Darren Till, who defeated Stephen Thompson back at the Echo Arena in 2018. Pimblett has previously fought again at the arena due to its 11,000 capacity, stating, that he will only fight at Liverpool if the event takes place at Anfield on July 23 on his third promotion appearance, his only defeat coming to Claudio Puelles in June last year.

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Sport world reacts to instant classic between Prochazka-Teixeira, Weili-Jedrzejczyk

UFC 275 had a little of everything, but a rehash of arguably the biggest women's match in UFC history and the crowning of a new light heavyweight champion punctuated the action. (Author: Gardener)

Prochazka-TeixeiraUFC 275 had a little of everything, but a repeat of arguably the biggest women's match in UFC history and the crowning of a new light heavyweight champion punctuated Saturday's action in Singapore. In the main event, 42-year-old Glover Teixeira made his first-ever defense of his UFC light heavyweight championship against Jiří Procházka. Teixeira was the second-longest-serving champion in UFC history, while Procházka, 29, was looking to win the belt in his third UFC fight. The two traded punches in a fight that seemed even before the final round. Procházka showed his power in the fifth round with 4:32 and emerged victorious with a submission via rear naked choke. It was the second-to-last finish ever in a UFC title fight and Teixeira's first loss by submission of his 41-fight MMA career. "Like I said, before the fight, I'm ready to end it in the first or fifth round. It doesn't matter," Procházka said. The thrilling fight made waves on social media as stars shared their thoughts on the championship fight. Contestant for fight of the year here. Wow what a fight! #UFC275 - Dominick Reyes (@DomReyes) June 12, 2022 I don't think I've ever seen a war this consistent 😳#UFC275 I love it - Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) June 12, 2022 What a fight . @gloverteixeira is an absolute legend.— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) June 12, 2022 I think I've said at least 6x tonight that this fight is over, these guys are going after it! #FOTN #ufc275— Carla Esparza (@CarlaEsparza1) June 12, 2022 Earlier in the evening, Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk bumped into one last time in the octagon. Their March 2020 meeting for the women's strawweight championship set the bar extremely high for their fight in Singapore on Saturday. Zhang prevailed the first time, winning by decision after the two combined for a UFC women's record 351 significant hits. Despite the fight that ended the second round, it still lived up to his high expectations. Zhang landed the 10th spinning back fist knockout in UFC history and the first-ever win by a woman. "I'm very, very happy about this fight," Zhang said after the fight. I'm very, very calm and relaxed for this fight. I really want to tell Joanna, she's a fighter, she's a warrior.” What an accomplishment by Zhang! Always dangerous, turning fist back - Chuck Liddell 🥶 (@ChuckLiddell) June 12, 2022 #UFC275 - Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA ) June 12, 2022 Weili Zhang & Joanna Jędrzejczyk represent women's MMA well. I can watch them fight all day! #UFC275— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) June 12, 2022 Zhang Weili!!! ) June 12, 2022 🏆 #ufc275— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) June 12, 2022 Jedrzejczyk announced her retirement after the first non-title loss of her career. "I'm retired," Jedrzejczyk said. It's been 20 years. I'll be 35 this year. I want to be a mother. I want to be a businesswoman. I appreciate you all, I love you all." Support was there on social media when Stars praised Jedrzejczyk for her illustrious career ❤️❤️❤️ #UFC275 - Mark Ingram II (@markingramII) June 12, 2022 - The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) June 12, 2022 What a legacy Joanna left for the sport of MMA #ufc275 - Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) June 12, 2022 Salute to JJ 🙌🏿 - Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq) June 12, 2022 Thank you for all the entertainment over the years @joannamma!🙏🙌 #UFC275— Jeff Molina (@jmolina_125 ) June 12, 2022 Zhang is now expected to face Carla Esparza next in the Women's Strawweight Championship "Carla Esparza, I heard there is an event in Abu Dhabi," Zhang said. to find me in Abu Dhabi."

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Jiri Prochazka chokes Glover Teixeira in dying seconds to win UFC title

Prochazka submitted Teixeira with just seconds remaining in the final round while Valentina Shevchenko defended her women's flyweight belt at UFC 275 in Singapore (Author: Gardener)

Jiri ProchazkaProchazka sent Teixeira through to the finals with seconds remaining while Valentina Shevchenko defended her women's flyweight belt at UFC 275 in Singapore. Teixeira wasted no time in bringing Procazhka down as the fight began. Prochazka had a better second round and was able to show off his varied foot hitting. A nasty elbow from Teixeira saw Prochazka go into the third round in a bloody mess. Prochazka prevailed against Teixieira on feet, but also held his own in the clashes. The pair continued to go back and forth on the final lap, but Prochazka managed to capture Teixeira's back by just over 30 seconds and knock him out with a rear-naked choke. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko defended her seventh straight women's flyweight title, but was put to the test by top contender Taila Santos. The Brazilian surprised many fans when she won the first round by working on Shevchenko's back for submissions. Santos was a step ahead of Shevchenko in the clashes and was two rounds down in the championship rounds. A clash of heads caused Santos' right eye to swell severely as Shevchenko began to ramp up her performance. It was a back and forth in the final two rounds, but the judges saw 48-47, 47-48, 49-46 in Shevchenko's favour. Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Zhang Weili delivered one of the biggest fights in women's MMA history two years ago, but Zhang kept their rematch off the scorecards when she knocked out Jedrzejczyk with a spinning fist. Jedrzejczyk attempted a one-two that fell short in the second round when Zhang countered with a spinning backfist that hit the Polish fighter head-on. Also on the main card, Jake Matthews put in a fantastic performance by stopping Andre Fialho on the second lap. Matthews competed for the first time in over a year after not fighting since his submission loss to Sean Brady at UFC 259. Jack Della Maddalena earned his second UFC win by stopping Ramazan Emeev with a body shot in the first round. Maddalena won his UFC debut in January by KO after being signed following his Contender Series win.

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Jiri Prochazka submits Glover Teixeira in the final seconds to win the light heavyweight title

UFC 275 Results: Jiri Prochazka subdues Glover Teixeira in dying seconds to win light heavyweight title - Meanwhile, Valentina Shevchenko retained her flyweight belt and Joanna Jedrzejczyk announced her retirement after a brutal KO loss to Zhang Weili (Author: Gardener)

Jiri ProchazkaJiri Prochazka handed off Glover Teixeira by less than 30 seconds in the main event of UFC 275 to win the light heavyweight title at the end of a thrilling, tumultuous bout on Sunday. Prochazka, fighting in just his third UFC campaign, was positioned as a young lion to take the pride at 205lbs, despite the Czech challenger having accumulated considerable experience outside of the UFC ahead of his debut in the promotion in 2020. Prochazka, 29, has held titles in other organizations but can now call himself the best light heavyweight in the world after winning the UFC gold with this win over an aged but playing Teixeira. The Brazilian's strategy has always been to avoid his opponent's versatile and dangerous punching power and implement a grapple instead, and Teixeira was indeed able to defeat Prochazka twice in the first round. Teixeira finished the frame on his challenger, hurling down punches, but the tide turned early in Round 2 as Prochazka began to find his rhythm in the salient stages of the fight. Prochazka was able to halt the fight but missed with a rash flying knee attempt that allowed Teixeira to secure another takedown and finish another round on top - this time cutting his challenger off with his elbows from above. Ditto was true when the Czech attempted an arm triangle choke which Teixeira was able to reverse to regain a dominating position from which elbows could rain down. And so, Prochazka was dragged into the championship rounds for the first time in his professional MMA career. It was Teixeira's turn to attempt an arm triangle, although the 42-year-old failed to engage the hold properly and also failed to secure a rear naked choke. While Prochazka looked tired, Teixeira was able to achieve his best success so far in the exchange of blows. With 90 seconds remaining in the final and in the fight itself, Teixeira appeared to be in control and on course for a decisive win. However, Prochazka was able to escape the riding position and used punches on a downed Teixeira to set up a rear naked choke, forcing the Brazilian to tap out with 38 seconds remaining. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko retained her flyweight title with a controversial split decision win over tall underdog Taila Santos (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) after Zhang Weili defeated former strawweight colleague Joanna had Jedrzejczyk. Zhang finished the pole with vigor in Round 2 of their rematch, defeating Jedrzejczyk with a turned-back fist. The pair had previously fought in 2020, with Zhang emerging victorious via split decision. After Saturday's rematch, Jedrzejczyk announced her retirement from MMA and left her gloves in the ring - a symbolic gesture to end her own fighting career.

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Next options for Jiri Prochazka, Glover Teixeira, Valentina Shevchenko and Zhang Weili

UFC may want to pull the trigger for Prochazka vs Teixeira 2 before it's too late (Author: Gardener)

Jiri ProchazkaUFC 275 might not have been the most marketable pay-per-view of the year, but it was an action powder keg. Jiri Prochazka and Glover Teixeira used their limbs as brushes and painted violent art on Saturday night. Teixeira was 30 seconds from winning a war of attrition before Prochazka did the unthinkable and knocked him out with a rear-naked choke. Valentina Shevchenko and Zhang Weili also emerged victorious from the main card. Shevchenko pulled out a win over a taller Taila Santos and Zhang punched Jederdrzejczyk in the face. Both are now ready to fight for world titles, even if Shevchenko already has one. CBS Sports has compiled four fights for the post-UFC 275 era. UFC Light Heavyweight Championship – Jiri Prochazka (c) vs. Glover Teixeira: Apologies to Jan Blachowicz who expects to face Prochazka after UFC 275. Father Time is ticking away in this rematch, though timeless wonder Teixeira disagrees. Teixeira, the oldest first-time UFC champion in history, was just 30 seconds away from defending his crown at 42. That would have been the ultimate endorsement of Teixeira's 20-year journey in the sport. This might just be the front runner for fight of the year, but they might not have two years to drive it back like Zhang and Jededrzejczyk did. Both men suffered immense damage on Saturday but Teixeira has accumulated more over time. UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship - Julianna Pena (c) or Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko: It's about time Shevchenko returned to women's bantamweight. Shevchenko earned a split decision win over Taila Santos at UFC 275. It might not have been an impressive, dominant launchpad for a superfight, but the reality is that women's flyweight hurts for new contenders. Viviane Araujo (No.7) finds Shevchenko's next challenger at 125lbs. Shevchenko's only career losses involve former bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, including a decision many believe should have gone her way. Nunes 2 is scheduled for UFC 277 on July 30. If Nunes wins, Pena will have a hard time building her case for an immediate rematch. If Pena wins, Nunes is out of the picture. Either way, the door is open to Shevchenko. The women's flyweight world champion has expressed her desire to fight for the bantamweight belt by the end of the year. That should also give UFC room to build up challengers in both divisions like Keteln Vieira (women's bantamweight), Grasso and Manon Fiorot (women's flyweight). UFC Women's Strawweight Championship Carla Esparza (c) vs. Zhang Weili: This is a no-brainer. Zhang just scored the biggest knockout of her career, ending a memorable rivalry with Jededrzejczyk and retiring her former fellow champion. UFC President Dana White previously explained that the winner of Zhang vs fellow contender Marina Rodriguez has fought her way back onto the title scene with four wins since losing a split decision to Esparza in 2020. Unfortunately, every dollar the UFC publicity machine can only buy is enough to sell an Esparza fight after she and Rose Namajunas delivered arguably the worst UFC title fight in history. Zhang as well as Namajunas vs. Rodriguez to line up a potential challenger for the winner.

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Jiri Prochazka survives five rounds on a penalty to win the light heavyweight title over Glover Teixeira

Jiri Prochazka stopped Glover Teixeira by submission with 28 seconds remaining in round five to win the UFC light heavyweight title in a grueling fight at UFC 275 on Sunday. Prochazka survived nearly five rounds of consistent punishment at the hands of 42-year-old Teixeira, who became the UFC champion for the first time late last year at 205 pounds. (Author: Gardener)

Jiri ProchazkaJiri Prochazka stopped Glover Teixeira by submission with 28 seconds remaining in round five to win the UFC light heavyweight title in a grueling fight at UFC 275 on Sunday. Prochazka survived nearly five rounds of consistent punishment at the hands of 42-year-old Teixeira, who became the UFC champion for the first time late last year at 205 pounds. After a back-and-forth match that left both men cut and bleeding, the Czech challenger positioned himself to execute a choke that ended one of the most riveting title fights in recent UFC history. Valentina Shevchenko defended her flyweight title with a narrow win over Taila Santos at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, but the Brazilian challenger probably tested the long-time defending champion more than any other opponent during her run of seven straight defenses. Earlier, former strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk announced her retirement after losing her rematch to Zhang Weili, who knocked out the Polish veteran with a spinning fist in the second round. S. crowd on Saturday night, but the fighters shrugged off the early start to produce a highly entertaining slate of fights. Prochazka became the 15th undisputed UFC champion of mixed martial arts' long-standing glamor division, with previous champions such as Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell and Jon Jones. Teixeira (33-8) led 39-37 on two scorecards going into round four, meaning the Brazilian champions could almost certainly have won a decision had they avoided a last-minute submission. "Did I look 42 out there?" Teixeira asked afterwards. Both fighters landed big shots from the opening round and Teixeira seemed to turn the fight in his favor as he injured Prochazka in the second round and eventually landed an elbow that opened up a big cut over Prochazka's left eye. Both fighters were bleeding from lacerations in the third round, and Prochazka also wobbled Teixeira in the middle rounds before his dramatic finish. Moments earlier, Shevchenko (23-3) was tested from the opening round by Santos, who defeated him and won four straight bouts to secure her first UFC title fight. The closest round was the second, and Shevchenko was strong in the last two rounds after escaping a choke from Santos (19-2) that could have ended the fight in the third. "I left my heart there," Shevchenko said. Two judges favored Shevchenko by 48:47 and 49:46, while the third made it 48:47 for Santos, whose right eye was closed by the final bell after an accidental heads-to-head collision in the third. Shevchenko's seven straight title defenses are the most of any active champion. "Unfortunately, after my right eye closed, I couldn't see properly," said Santos. Shevchenko, the 2018 UFC 125-pound champion, has not lost to an opponent other than Amanda Nunes since 2010. Shevchenko barely managed to avoid the fate of Nunes, whose long reign at the top of the bantamweight division ended last December. Zhang (22-3) dominated Jedrzejczyk in a repeat of the ex-champions' highly entertaining first clash in March 2020, when Zhang won by split decision in a The Chinese veteran left no doubt the second time around, ending the bout with a spectacular spinning- Strike, which ended it. After that, Jedrzejczyk (16-5) cited her desire for motherhood and training fatigue as her reasons. She held the strawweight title from 2015-2017 and made a record five defenses in the strap before beating Rose Namajunas and later lost to Shevchenko while fighting for the flyweight title. Jedrze said Jczyk. I want to be a mother. I want to be a business woman. Zhang will likely get the next shot at Strawweight Champion Carla Esparza.

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Jiri Prochazka Wins Light Heavyweight Title From Glover Teixeira Plus Full Results

UFC 275 LIVE: Jiri Prochazka Wins Glover Teixeira's Light Heavyweight Title & All Results - Relive round-by-round updates from two title fights and a stacked map in Singapore (Author: Gardener)

Jiri Prochazka Wins LightJiri Prochazka handed off Glover Teixeira by less than 30 seconds in the main event of UFC 275 to win the light heavyweight title at the end of a thrilling, tumultuous bout on Sunday. Jiri Prochazka handed off Glover Teixeira by less than 30 seconds in the main event of UFC 275 to win the light heavyweight title at the end of a thrilling, tumultuous bout on Sunday. Teixeira entered the Singapore indoor stadium at 42 as the second-oldest champion in UFC history, making his first defense of the belt he won late last year. Teixeira entered the Singapore indoor stadium at 42 as the second-oldest champion in UFC history, making his first defense of the belt he won late last year. Prochazka, who is only fighting for the third time in the UFC, was positioned as a young lion to take the pride at 205 pounds, although the Czech challenger had accumulated considerable experience outside of the UFC before debuting in the promotion in 2020, only for the UFC third time, was positioned as a young lion to take the pride at 205 pounds, although the Czech challenger had accumulated considerable experience outside of the UFC before debuting in the promotion in 2020. Prochazka, 29, holds titles from other organizations but can now call himself the best light heavyweight in the world after winning the UFC gold with this rear-naked choke victory over an aged but brave Teixeira. The 29-year-old Prochazka has had titles in other organizations but can now call himself the best light heavyweight in the world after winning the UFC gold with this rear-naked choke victory over an aged but playing Teixeira. On June 5, Nadal overtook Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 to secure his 14th French Open and 22nd Grand Slam title. On June 5, Nadal overtook Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 to secure his 14th French Open and 22nd Grand Slam title. New York Passes Law Raising Age for Buying or Owning Semi-Automatic Rifles New York Passes Law Raising Age for Buying or Owning Semi-Automatic Rifles In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko retained her flyweight title with a controversial split-decision win over the major underdog Taila Santos (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) after Zhang Weili defeated former Women's Strawweight World Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko retained her flyweight title with a controversial split decision win over tall underdog Taila Santos (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) after Zhang Weili defeated former strawweight colleague Joanna had Jedrzejczyk. Zhang finished the pole with vigor in Round 2 of their rematch, defeating Jedrzejczyk with a turned-back fist. Zhang finished the pole with vigor in Round 2 of their rematch, defeating Jedrzejczyk with a turned-back fist. The pair had previously fought in 2020, with Zhang emerging victorious via split decision. The pair had previously fought in 2020, with Zhang emerging victorious via split decision. After Saturday's rematch, Jedrzejczyk announced her retirement from MMA and left her gloves in the ring - a symbolic gesture to end her own fighting career. After Saturday's rematch, Jedrzejczyk announced her retirement from MMA and left her gloves in the ring - a symbolic gesture to end her own fighting career. 06:15, Alex Pattle Teixeira was up 39-37 on two of the three judges' lists at the time of the stoppage to win Round 5. In other words, the Brazilian was 28 seconds from retaining his title. What an achievement by the 42-year-old anyway. In addition to his immense skill, he showed great resilience. However, all credit goes to Prochazka, who claimed the belt in just his third UFC fight. 06:05 , Alex Pattle One more round. Good double from Teixeira then a huge straight right hand that seems to hurt the challenger! Teixeira throws out a few more punches, then jumps and pulls cover! Could this be a big mistake by the champion? Now Prochazka is in full cover but the Czech stands and also leaves Teixeira behind. Solider right hands from Teixeira! These are his best shots of the fight and Prochazka is looking tired... Teixeira fails to land a takedown but scores with a fierce jab and some great right hands. 05:55 , Alex Pattle Prochazka smiles at everything! So is Teixeira! Good sprawl from Prochazka to deny Teixeira a takedown. Teixeira lies on his back, but the challenger wisely refuses to follow him onto the mat. Teixeira stands and is soon on the receiving end of some sharp straight punches from Prochazka. See paragraph 2^; this exact sequence just happened again. Prochazka appears to land a knee down the middle but Teixeira catches it and defeats the Czech! The light heavyweights are soon back on their feet and Teixeira takes a spiteful body hook well... Prochazka with more body punches and Teixeira falls to the mat! Prochazka finishes with ground and pound! Teixeira is now also cut. Prochazka wants an arm triangle choke, but Teixeira is a master at these situations and escapes with ease. He's up now and landing more elbows! 05:33 , Alex Pattle The most popular tale in the main event is that of the grisly veteran taking on the lion cub. Yes, Teixeira (33-7) was around the block; he could probably drive the route with his eyes closed, inadvisable as that may be in both a metaphorical and literal context. The 42-year-old Brazilian has been the underdog in a string of fights in the six-fight win streak he will drive to Singapore and he has constantly defied the odds - most recently by sending Jan Blachowicz to victory in the second round of the title in October. That said, the salient narrative here also does Prochazka (28-3) a disservice. The Czech challenger may have youth on his side at 29, but he would be far from being the youngest champion in UFC history if he won, and he gained considerable experience outside of MMA's flagship promotion before he signed in 2020. In fact, Prochazka held world titles in other organizations, including Rizin, before joining the UFC. Of course, winning gold here in just his third fight in the UFC would mean a remarkably quick rise in the rankings, but the Czech has effectively honed his craft over 10 years as a professional mixed martial artist. What he has shown - with 25 knockouts from his 28 wins - is that he has a devastating and well-rounded offense that will pose a significant threat to Teixeira. He has won his last 12 fights and secured victory with breaks in his last 10. However, the champion is capable of finishing off any opponent if they can implement their grappling game. The speed with which he forced Blachowicz out last year was the proof everyone should need. In essence: A Prochazka win seems the most likely outcome, but Teixeira has more than earned the right to be taken seriously here. 01:30 , Alex Pattle Bantamweights throw jabs at the same time; Kang is faster and more accurate. Also a violent body kick from him. The South Korean lands a low kick, then raises his guard to block Danaa's punches. Again, Kang's jab is sharper than the Mongol's. Kang really improved as the fight progressed. He lands a clubbing right hook to the head of a crouching Danaa, who is growing more desperate. Danaa has had a bruise on the right side of his face since the start of the fight and now he's badly bruised on the other side too. 01:24 , Alex Pattle Kang checks an inside leg kick. He lands a low kick himself from the outside and then finds the target with a precise jab! This briefly stuns Danaa, but Kang misses with a subsequent flying knee. Danaa lands a front kick on Kang's chest. Now he stabs to the body before missing with a right hook as Kang rolls under the punch. Kang attempts a body lock but Danaa breaks free and denies his opponent the takedown. Another laser blast hits for Kang, but Danaa fires back with a decent combo. Again, Danaa parries a body lock takedown attempt and knees back at Kang. Kang appeared to be grounded at the time of that knee... If so, that was an illegal punch from Danaa. 01:18 , Alex Pattle The bantamweights trade leg kicks. Many circles from Danaa as Kang fights on front foot. Danaa starts putting together some punch combos to push his opponent back. A heavy jab hits the ribs for Danaa, who then grabs Kang's attention with a right hand on top. Now another - an overhand right! Danaa kicks deep. He stays light on his feet and knocks Kang's head back with a stiff jab! Danaa injured Kang late in that opening round, but Kang makes it to the buzzer despite scraping a knee on his head while crouching by the fence! Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:47 p.m. Alex Pattle The UFC returns to Singapore tonight for a stacked card topped by two title fights after a rehash of one of the most dazzling clashes in mixed martial arts history . In the UFC 275 main event, Jiri Prochazka will challenge Glover Teixeira for the light heavyweight title, which Teixeira won late last year to become the second-oldest champion of all time in the UFC. The 42-year-old Brazilian submitted Jan Blachowicz for the belt, which challenger Prochazka will take from the jiu-jitsu specialist tonight in just the third fight of the Czechs' UFC run. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko continues her dominance at the top of the flyweight division while defending her title against Taila Santos, who is a significant underdog here despite her strong record. This fight follows a rematch between former strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Zhang Weili, who met in 2020 in one of the greatest women's fights of all time. Zhang made a separate decision on the occasion to keep the belt - which she has since lost - but both fighters were deemed winners by fans after spawning what is regarded as one of the best competitions the sport has ever seen Has.

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Prochazka stands out for all the right reasons, while Shevchenko and Zhang keep pushing forward

It wasn't just that Jiri Prochazka won, but how he went about his job in the most unexpected way. (Author: Gardener)

ZhangJeff Wagenheim, Brett Okamoto and Marc Raimondi offer their takeaways from an event packed with highlights in Singapore. The UFC has a dozen champions, and none are as inventive as their newest light heavyweight, Jiri Prochazka. The 29-year-old Czech only needed two UFC games to earn a shot at the belt. But when that opportunity presented itself in Saturday's UFC 275 main event in Singapore, it took Prochazka a long time - nearly the full five rounds - to wrest the title from Glover Teixeira. And adding to the last-minute drama, Prochazka took gold in an unexpected way. While Prochazka showed off most of the fight with his flashy attacks from all angles, he beat the champion with his own game and choked jiu-jitsu ace Teixeira with just 28 seconds remaining in a match the challenger was about to face lose on the scorecards. As Prochazka invents a new way to show his free-flowing creativity. The new champion is 29 years old and could rule for a while longer. Anyone who deserves a caution against him will have a hard time finding camp sparring partners who can emulate this guy. But it wasn't just inventiveness that won this battle for Prochazka. He had to dig deep against Teixeira, 42, who was the oldest first-time UFC champion and would not be easily dethroned after 20 years to rise to the top. Teixeira scored takedowns in four rounds and used dominant ground positions to threaten submissions and deal damage with elbows and punches. The champion was on the brink of a decider when Prochazka reversed position and secured just the third submission of his 29-fight pro career. Yes, Prochazka leaves himself open to counterattacks while attacking. And yes, he allowed himself to be trapped in bad positions on screen for long stretches. But he defended well on the ground and found his feet several times, which not many fighters have managed to do once under a Teixeira blanket. And once he was back on his feet, Prochazka continued to show off unorthodox stand-up techniques that seemed to come out of nowhere. He landed shots that would have finished off a fighter without Teixeira's toughness. Speaking of toughness, although the finish was a disappointment for Teixeira, especially the way it went down and the time at which it went down, he can be proud of his short reign. Teixeira came in as a rare underdog champion and didn't look like it. He absorbed everything his challenger dealt even when it looked like the end was near and he was in control in the last minute. But that's not how Teixeira rolls. So does Prochazka, who now owns the shiny gold belt for his efforts to never die. At UFC 275, Valentina Shevchenko looked human for the longest fight time during her tenure as the UFC Women's Flyweight Champion. Possibly hesitant to feel the great power of Santos, Shevchenko's game plan was to get things down to earth. The problem was that Santos was as strong as them and edged out Shevchenko in a scramble, which ended up in the lead several times after Shevchenko's takedown attempts. Shevchenko won the fight and retained her title via a split decision. It could be argued that she won three out of five rounds in Singapore on Saturday. Additionally, Shevchenko and Santos butted heads in the third and fourth rounds, causing severe damage to Santos' right eye, which was essentially swollen shut late in the fourth round and beyond. Santos still managed to cannibalize it to the end, even scoring solid offense with one eye. For all the reasons listed above, Santos should get a rematch against Shevchenko. There are currently no other clear top contenders for Shevchenko. Shevchenko vs. Santos 2 should be the next fight for both of them. Not just because Shevchenko couldn't perfectly dominate or implement her game plan. After the fight, Shevchenko mentioned the long 30-hour trip to Singapore. Perhaps that also played a role in their lackluster performance, although there's nothing to take away from Santos. Perhaps given these factors, Shevchenko would be open to a rematch as well. Certainly she's not content with putting on her worst performance as a champion. Now Shevchenko spoiled us. She was so dominant, so barely invulnerable, that nobody expects her to lose even a round. This pole is impossible to hold; Just ask any dominant champion the UFC has ever had except for Khabib Nurmagomedov. Shevchenko is allowed a free evening - and she still won. I'm pretty floored by how good Zhang looked. And I don't say that lightly because of course I expected her to be good looking - she's one of the best fighters in the world, period. Jedrzejczyk retired immediately after the fight, and it's fair to ask how solid the fighter's recent performance was. I felt that Jedrzejczyk was very motivated and fought more or less at the level she has spent her entire career. Zhang was just dominant. Her wrestling was extremely impressive and added a powerful, extra wrinkle to her game. At 115 pounds, she's always been one of the most athletic athletes, but she's added timing and technique to that physicality on the grappling side. She is favored to beat Carla Esparza when they compete and if she reclaims the belt, she could be one of those stories of a champion who got the belt, lost it, learned from it and has a long title reign.

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Will Jiri Prochazka's reign be short-lived?

Some thoughts on the biggest storylines of UFC 275, from Jiri Prochazka's title win to Joanna Jedrzejczyk's retirement. (Author: Gardener)

Will Jiri Prochazka'sWhat was most important at UFC 275 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore? There is no doubt that [autotag]Jiri Prochazka[/autotag] deserves to be the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He went through hell against Glover Teixeira and somehow found a way to win by securing a rear naked choke on lap 5 with just 28 seconds remaining. It was a stellar end to an instant classic fight, and Prochazka (29-3-1 MMA , 3-0 UFC) showed his mettle by overcoming some real odds to earn the second-to-last stoppage of the title fight in UFC history. The fact that Prochazka was able to take Teixeira's best stuff and keep going to find a way to win is the mark of a true champion and no one can say that this man didn't work for it. In just three UFC fights, Prochazka has established himself as one of the most exciting fighters on the roster. It's hard not to wonder how many times he can push his luck and get away with it, and Prochazka seems cognizant of that reality. After criticizing his own "terrible performance" at the post-fight press conference, Prochazka made it clear he understands he needs to be more calculated. Easier said than done, however, as his risky style is clearly effective. However, Prochazka needs to find some kind of balance if he wants to keep the title in the long term, because some of the opponents he has on the horizon could very well benefit from the openings he frequently presents. Glover Teixeira after his loss at UFC 275. The fears I just expressed about Prochazka's reign just came to life for [autotag]Glover Teixeira[/autotag] and it cost him his title. Teixeira (33-8 MMA, 16-6 UFC) went into Round 5 of his epic clash with Prochazka with two out of three scorecards on top, only for him to make a series of fatal mistakes on track that allowed him to get in position fall for the first time in his illustrious 20-year career. After injuring Prochazka with a hard series of punches early in the final frame, Teixeira inexplicably jumped onto a guillotine choke that his opponent quickly escaped, eventually turning the tide to claim the win. If Teixeira had continued batting at that moment, it would be reasonable to think he would still have the belt in his possession, but that's the ferocious element of this sport and also one of the reasons we love it so much. It is admirable that Teixeira didn't hesitate to tell Daniel Cormier in his post-fight interview that he will be back for a run to regain the belt. However, there are some legitimate concerns whether a fight like Teixeira will change the 42-year-old in the long run. Whatever Teixeira lost in this octagon at the expense of our entertainment, he cannot win back. June 12, 2022; Singapore, SIN; Valentina Shevchenko (red gloves) reacts after fighting Taila Santos (blue gloves) during UFC 275 at Singapore Indoor Stadium. [autotag]Valentina Shevchenko[/autotag] seems far more confident than the rest of the world that she has clearly beaten Taila Santos. There's no doubt that Santos (19-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) presented Shevchenko (23-3 MMA, 12-2 UFC) with a challenge she hadn't seen before as the UFC women's flyweight champion of the world. The Brazilian pushed Bullet forward, but the more I think about it and watch the fight, the more I'm convinced that we've become so used to it that Shevchenko barely breaks a sweat that just looking at her turns us on bad spots makes you think situation was worse than it was. Make no mistake: Santos had Shevchenko in some tricky positions. She was just a good hand-fighting maneuver away from locking a rear naked choke that would justifiably kill Shevchenko, and then we have a whole different conversation here. The same could conceivably be said if Santos hadn't caught an accidental headbutt that fractured her socket bone. However, MMA fights are not judged by the what-if, and the judges must evaluate what is lawfully happening. Shevchenko has been the more active forward in every round - even when in compromising areas - and it should speak volumes that even after the decision, Santos isn't out here screaming robbery. It was one of those fights that you could debate late into the night if you wanted to. But I'm sitting here the day after the fight feeling pretty unimpressed that Shevchenko is still champion. Joanna Jedrzejczyk after losing at UFC 275. [autotag]Joanna Jedrzejczyk[/autotag] hasn't been very active in recent years anyway, but she knew she won't be back after retiring from MMA after she suffered her brutal knockout defeat with Spinning Backfist Zhang Weili is quite sad. Most failures in this sport don't last, as we've learned so many times. But Jedrzejczyk (16-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC) seemed very sincere, and the fact that she's almost 35 years old, with almost 20 years as a Muay Thai or MMA fighter, makes it seem like like we saw the last of her in the octagon. Jedrzejczyk's run as the dominant UFC strawweight champion has been instrumental in helping the sport's women's team thrive, and the Polish fighter absolutely deserves all the credit she's currently receiving for her work. Personally, Jedrzejczyk was almost always kind to me. She took the time to do a fight week interview in her hotel room when she absolutely didn't have to, despite her busy schedule, and it wasn't the first time something like this had happened. Professionally, Jedrzejczyk simply understood the sport, both inside and outside the octagon. She knew how to get people to care about her in one way or another, from her signature intense stares to her outlandish quotes to her unrelenting fighting style. Would it have been nice to see Jedrzejczyk one last run for the title and maybe even get UFC gold around his waist again? But as Chael Sonnen once said, the legends of this sport almost always turn depressingly on their backs. Or in the case of Jedrzejczyk, she walked out face down after being rocked with a highlight reel shot. Nonetheless, losing to Zhang doesn't detract from what Jedrzejczyk has achieved and we can only wish her health, wealth and happiness as she moves into the next phase of her life. June 12, 2022; Singapore, SIN; Jack Della Maddalena (red gloves) reacts after beating Ramazan Emeev (blue gloves) during UFC 275 at Singapore Indoor Stadium. It's always cool when a fighter makes a bold prediction and then fulfills it perfectly. That's what [autotag]Jack Della Maddalena[/autotag] did before he put down Ramazan Emeev. Della Maddalena (12-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) told me on Wednesday of fight week that he would shine with that performance and do what no other person in the UFC has been able to do: stop Emeev at inside distance. The win drew attention to the Australian, who has won 12 straight fights since beginning his MMA career with back-to-back losses - all but one by stoppage. It's promising what the 25-year-old has to offer and while it's too early to say just how far Della Maddalena can go, he's undoubtedly one of the next generation to come from his region.

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