Imperious Pereira knocks out Prochazka to retain belt

Alex Pereira continued his imperious reign as champion as he knocked out Jiri Prochazka to retain his light-heavyweight title at UFC 303 in Las Vegas.

Brazil's Pereira, 36, floored Czech fighter Prochazka, 31, with a left high-kick in the second round, stunning the sold-out crowd inside the T-Mobile Arena.

It was Pereira's second win over Prochazka after stopping him in round two of their fight in November to win the light-heavyweight title.

The former middleweight champion has won two titles and made two defences in just nine fights since his UFC debut in November 2021 in one of the most remarkable runs in the promotion's history.

"I've been saying all week I was going to be victorious. I didn’t say how I was going to win, but I knew I was going to leave the octagon happy," said Pereira.

Earlier in the night, Ireland's Ian Machado Garry beat Britain's Michael 'Venom' Page by unanimous decision to extend the unbeaten start to his career to 15.

Machado Garry, 26, got the better of the grappling exchanges with 37-year-old Page, who suffered his first UFC defeat following a winning debut in March.