- Jiri Prochazka has gone from -180 to -200 for his UFC 275 title challenge against Glover Teixeira.
- Teixeira’s odds have remained at the opening value of +160 as he makes the first defense of the belt he won at UFC 267.
- This will be the 4th time that Teixeira will have the plus money sign written next to his name and he is 3-0 in the previous three.
UFC 275 is less than three weeks away and Jiri Prochazka has seen his odds to win the UFC light heavyweight title shorten since the opening lines.
Prochazka opened as the -180 odds on favorite at BetOnline to wrest the belt from champion Glover Teixeira when the betting lines first opened last January:
#UFC Odds Opening Alert:
Jiri Prochazka -185
Glover Teixeira +160
— Dave Mason (@DaveMasonBOL) January 22, 2022
Four months later, the challenger is now a -200 favorite at the same online betting site while the champion is still priced at +160.
Teixeira will be making the first defense of the title he won by defeating Jan Blachowicz at the main event of UFC 267 last October 30, 2021, or two days after his 42nd birthday. Although the Brazilian is one year shy of becoming the oldest champion in UFC history, there’s no question that he is way up there in years and anytime now, Father Time is going to catch up with him.
Teixeira May Not Retire This Year After All
— bjpenndotcom (@bjpenndotcom) May 23, 2022
Teixeira has flip-flopped on his future in his recent interviews. First, Teixeira told reporters that 22 will probably be his last year competing in pro MMA. However, the current UFC light heavyweight champion “clarified” his previous statement in an interview with Ariel Helwani at the MMA Hour.
According to Teixeira, he does not want to rush into making a decision to retire that he will regret later on. The Brazilian referenced double-champion Henry Cejudo who prematurely retired and now sounds like he wants to fight again.
“Eventually, I do want to retire. I said the perfect scenario is me beating this guy in Singapore and hopefully fight Jan [Blachowicz] at Madison Square Garden in November and then call it a day. But I don’t want to make a decision like that. I think that’s a possibility, but I don’t want to [say], ‘Oh I’m going to retire this year or a couple more fights,’ or this and that.”
“I don’t want to make a call and be desperate later. I even mentioned Henry Cejudo. Nothing against the guy, I love the kid, but you see him retired [and] he knows he wants to come back. He knows he has more. I don’t want to make this decision like that, but it would be a possibility, yeah.”
Glover has been fighting in the UFC since 2012 and he has been competing in pro MMA since 2002. The veteran has fought in a total of 40 professional MMA bouts and has shared the cage with champions like Quinton Jackson, Ryan Bader, Jon Jones, Phil Davis, Rashad Evans, and Blachowicz.
Against All Odds
Against all odds! Never say never!
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) October 30, 2021
Teixeira isn’t new to being the underdog in the UFC. He closed as the +230 betting underdog against Blachowicz and shocked the MMA world when he submitted the Polish Power to become the UFC light heavyweight champion. Prior to fighting Blachowicz, Teixeira was also the sizable +200 underdog against Thiago Santos in a fight he also won via submission.
Moving one fight back, Glover was also the +195 betting underdog against Anthony Smith at the main event of UFC Fight Night 171 in May 2020. Teixeira also won that bout via stoppage, scoring a TKO over Lionheart. While Teixeira was the betting favorite in three consecutive bouts before fighting Smith, his odds were just in the -106 to -13 range or a slight betting favorite.
Glover has won six in a row and has not lost since dropping a unanimous decision against Corey Anderson in July 2018. But come UFC 275, he will be facing a hungry lion in Prochazka who is coming off back-to-back knockout wins over former 205-pound title challengers Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes. If Prochazka’s -200 price will hold till fight night, it will mark his shortest odds inside the UFC Octagon.