Procházka doesn’t have what it takes to beat Teixeira

UFC light heavyweight Paul Craig has given his thoughts on 205-pound champion Glover Teixeira’s upcoming defense against Jiří Procházka.

At the top of the light heavyweight division, two stories have gripped the MMA fanbase over the past year: Teixeira’s winning streak and championship crowning at age 42, and Procházka’s abrupt start to his career. UFC career.

Those two narratives are now set to collide at a crossroads at UFC 275 on June 11, where either Brazil’s once unlikely reign will come to a screeching halt or the Czech’s promotional record will suffer its first blemish.

Considering how he knocked out Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes in his debut and second Octagon outings, it’s no surprise some expect Teixeira to have his hands full with Procházka, whose wild and unpredictable striking is reflected in the 25 wins by knockout on his CV.

However, one man who sits on the other side of the debate is No. 11 ranked light heavyweight Paul Craig. At the UFC post-fight press conference in London last weekend, the Scotsman, who was interacting with the media after his victory on the preliminary card, assessed his division’s next championship clash. .

‘Bearjew’ suggested that Procházka doesn’t have what it takes to rise above experience and fight the IQ of a veteran like Teixeira.

“The question is, does Glover get beaten (by) Jiří? I don’t think so,” Craig said. “I think Glover is too old in the tooth. He’s got experience, he’s been there, he’s done it, he’s been with the strikers, he’s been with the wild men. He has been practicing this sport for a long time. I don’t think Jiří has ​​what it takes to beat him.

Paul Craig grew closer to Teixeira and Procházka at UFC London

Craig’s response came shortly after claiming a top 10 spot at 205lbs with an impressive performance in front of a British crowd at UFC London.

After injuries and withdrawals from the opposition meant he had been sidelined since his brutal win over rising contender Jamahal Hill last June, Craig was hoping to regain his momentum in the English capital on March 19 when walked into the cage with UFC mainstay Nikita. Krylov.

With ‘The Minor’ beating Craig from the top spot early on, it appeared the Airdrie native was set to suffer a first loss in six fights. But as we learned at Fight Night held in London in 2018, you can never count Craig when he’s on his back.

Out of nowhere, ‘Bearjew’ locked himself in a triangle choke and, as he did with the same submission against Magomed Ankalaev four years ago, put the fans at the O2 Arena on their feet.

With the win, Craig extended his unbeaten streak to six and will move up the ranks to the title conversation when the latest rankings update is released. Having called out Anthony Smith, it stands to reason that a win over “Lionheart” would move Craig within touching distance of light heavyweight gold.

Do you agree with Paul Craig’s assessment of Glover Teixeira vs. Jiří Procházka?

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