UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira will venture into unfamiliar territory for his next fight, but is feeling confident nonetheless. The Connecticut-based Brazilian is slated to defend his title against Jiri Prochazka in the main event of UFC 275 on June 11 in Singapore. It will be his first fight on Asian soil, and just his second outside the Western Hemisphere. Still, he is not anticipating any travel-related issues. “I’m excited to be in Singapore, I’ve heard it’s beautiful there,” Teixeira said. “I’m just excited to be there and fight and defend the belt. I’m excited and happy about it.” While Teixeira (33-7-0) will be on unfamiliar ground, his challenger Prochazka (28-3-1) has fought in Asian on numerous. Before joining UFC in 2020, the Czech star fought 11 times for Japan’s Rizin Fighting Federation, ultimately capturing and defending the promotion’s light-heavyweight title. Teixeira acknowledged that Prochazka’s experience in Japan could be valuable in Singapore, but said he was not overly troubled by the potential strains of travelling internationally for a fight. “Every experience is experience,” he said. “He [Prochazka] fought there before, but I’ve fought out of the country. It doesn’t bother me too much. What bothered me before was different things. Right now I’m just excited about being in another place and training and fighting. I’m excited about everything.” Prochazka has been training like a fighter who has navigated international time zones before, and plans to do some of his preparation in Thailand for the simple reason that “I want to be ready in their time zone, to be ready in the weather”. ‘Training in paradise’: Bangtao MMA gym changing the game in Phuket No matter the setting, both fighters are expecting a tough challenge on the night. Teixeira, who at 42 is among the oldest fighters on the UFC roster, has heard the way fans and pundits speak about his 29-year-old foe, who has won 25 fights by knockout or TKO. He seems to believe the hype is justified. “Jiri is the new generation,” he said. “He brings a different style. The improvement of these guys coming up right now, it just makes you better. The competition makes you better. He’s a guy that takes risks. I’m a guy that takes a risk. We’ve put on exciting fights. “Some people are definitely going to root for him. The guy’s young. He’s got the look. But he’s going to have to pass through me and I’m very prepared to defend my belt. I’m just happy to be here and happy to defend the belt against Prochazka.” Prochazka will need to be ready for Teixeira’s world class jiu jitsu and wrestling. After a pit stop to train with former two-division UFC champ Olympic wrestler Henry Cejudo in Arizona, he is feeling up to the task. UFC: Shevchenko on facing Pena or Nunes – ‘I can fight both at same time’ “I have to change [my] style, the ground game, especially in the wrestling, that’s why I drilled that with Henry and then back in Czech Republic with my coaches,” he said. “I believe in myself in [the grappling] much, much more than ever. I’m glad to have an opponent like Glover because he’s given me an opportunity to prepare myself in these styles, to be better and better.” Teixeira captured the UFC light heavyweight title with a second-round submission win over Jan Blachowicz last October. That win brought his current streak to six. Prochazka earned his title shot with two straight knockout wins in the Octagon, both at the expense of former title challengers in Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes.