It's the 42-year-old champion who has seen it all, taking on the enigma of a rising star from the Czech Republic as Glover Teixeira meets with Jiří Procházka for the light heavyweight crown.
It's an unbelievable matchup. Teixeira shouldn't really be here given the current flock of light heavyweight talent on the rise, but against a man like Procházka, it does just feel like this one is just a step too far. The Czech man is very fascinating with his warrior-like approach to life and the discipline and a life structure out in the mountains of his homeland you would see in a Rocky movie.
Procházka is coming into this bout with 28 wins and a stunning 25 of them being knockouts. He also hasn't lost since a KO defeat to Muhammed Lawal in the RIZIN World Grand Prix, but it is important to note that was his second bout in the night as he also forced the retirement of Vadin Nemkov back in 2015 that evening. His stunning spinning elbow KO over Dominick Reyes needs no introduction, while Volkan Oezdemir also fell to a knockout in a Performance of the Night debut win for Prochazka.
The 29-year-old has only needed two fights in the UFC to get this far, but rightfully so, he is here and here to potentially take over, as he really is a lethal striker and a true expert in shutting someone's lights out with ruthless power and technical excellence.
Teixeira defeated Jan Blachowicz to get this title, in what has been a stunning run to the crown. The brutal force of Thiago Santos was submitted en route, while he also forced the tap from Ion Cutelaba and Karl Roberson, just as he destroyed Anthony Smith for five rounds along the way with an eventual TKO victory.
If it goes to the ground, he has a serious chance, and if Teixeira takes his back, it could be over in seconds. We truly believe Procházka is special, however, and at 29 and fresh in the UFC after destroying almost everyone across two continents, the challenger could well finish him inside the first round, with age being everyone's nemesis in the end.