Two of the most dangerous fighters in MMA face off in “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” a perfect setting for the expected combat sports violence. Former champions Jiri Prochazka and Alex Pereira fight for the vacant UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 295 on November 11. The fight takes place at Madison Square Garden and will air on ESPN+ PPV.
Prochazka vs. Pereira was initially the co-main event of the show until UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones pulled out of his planned clash with Stipe Miocic due to injury. However the new main event fighters are accustomed to the bright lights. Prochazka headlined a UFC 275 card where he beat Glover Teixeira for light heavyweight gold in 2022’s Fight of the Year. Pereira beat Israel Adesanya for the UFC middleweight title in MSG at UFC 281 and lost to his rival at UFC 287 in Miami.
Prochazka had to vacate the light heavyweight belt due to injury, and it will be 18 months since he last fought.
A former kickboxing champion, Pereira just moved to light heavyweight, beating former champion Jan Blachowicz to become one of the top contenders in the division.
The light heavyweight title has had a wild few years. Jones was the champion, but was stripped at various points due to failed drug tests and an involvement in a hit-and-run incident. He reclaimed the championship, then relinquished it in 2020 to focus on the heavyweight division. Blachowicz, Teixeira, and Prochazka all won the belt, with the latter vacating it, while Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev fought to a draw for the title. After becoming the most recent title holder, Jamahal Hill was forced to relinquish it after tearing his Achilles tendon.
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The hope now is that the winner of UFC 295 will walk out of MSG with gold and a hefty purse. The Sporting News looks into the purse history and net worth of the fighters and what they may earn at UFC 295.
The official UFC 295 purse has not been released, but previous payouts for Prochazka and Pereira, including their last bout, could help provide insight into how much they will earn on fight night.
Per The Sports Daily, Prochazka earned about $153,500 in his UFC debut against Volkan Oezdemir. Against Dominick Reyes in 2021, he earned a total of around $214,000. When he faced Glover Teixeira and beat him for the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 275, Total Sportal revealed Prochazka took home about $552K.
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Per The Sports Daily, Pereira made $134,000 in his UFC debut against Andreas Michailidis at Madison Square Garden. Per Sports Zion, he took home $188,000 against Sean Strickland.
When be beat Israel Adesanya at UFC 281 to become UFC middleweight champion, Pereira took home $932k, per Total Sportal, including a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. In the rematch at UFC 287, Total Sportal had Pereira earning about $1.2 million. Per Bet MGM, Pereira earned $850,000 against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 291.
Thanks to his time in RIZIN and the UFC, it is reported Prochazka is worth about $1 million.
Per Sportskeeda, Pereira has a reported net worth of $2 million.