ALEX PEREIRA became the fastest two-weight champion in UFC history with a stoppage win over Jiri Prochazka at Madison Square Garden – but MMA fans were far from happy with it.
The Brazilian bruiser looked to add the promotion's light-heavyweight title to his collection one year on from his stunning dethroning of former middleweight champion and long-time rival Israel Adesanya.
And Poatan did just that with a second-round stoppage over the pride of the Czech Republic in the main event of UFC 295.
Victory over the returning Prochazka, who was fighting for the first time in 17 months, saw Pereira break Randy Couture's 20-year-old record and win a second title in the promotion in just his SEVENTH octagon outing.
Both men were cautious early in the first as they looked to get reads on one another as the crowd wooed.
Pereira, 36, invested in the low calf kick well several times and dropped the former 205lbs champ with a scything blow after eating an uppercut.
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Prochazka’s movement didn’t seem to be too compromised as he looked to secure a takedown.
He briefly had his head trapped in a guillotine but managed to transition into a big takedown and jump into half guard.
Pereira eventually got back to his feet before the horn, much to the delight of the crowd.
Prochazka returned the calf kick favour early in the second but Pereira was unmoved by the strike.
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