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JIRI PROCHAZKA is rematching Glover Teixeira so as to keep his "word" to the former light-heavyweight champion.

Prochazka ascended to the 205lb throne in June with a thrilling submission victory over the veteran at UFC 265 in Singapore.

4Jiri Prochazka reached the summit of the light-heavyweight division in JuneCredit: GETTY 4The Czech clubber submitted Glover Teixeira in the closing seconds of their UFC 265 boutCredit: Getty 4Prochazka survived a huge scare early in the fifth roundCredit: GETTY 4The former RIZIN light-heavyweight champ wants definitive closure in a rematchCredit: AFP

The pride of the Czech Republic survived the biggest scare of his UFC career early in the final round before choking his way to the light-heavyweight strap.

A rematch - which an unsatisfied Prochazka called for after his triumph - is currently in the works for December, despite surging contender Magomed Ankalaev's ninth consecutive victory last month.

The prospect of locking horns with Ankalaev intrigues Prochazka, but not enough for him to go back on his promise to Teixeira.

The 29-year-old told SunSport: "For me, it doesn't matter [who I fight next]. I know I'm at the top and I will challenge whoever.

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"But, I said Glover and I want to keep my word."

Although there was a definitive ending to their light-heavyweight classic, Prochazka is seeking decisive closure second time around.

He continued: "I want to keep my word so that's the same. I want to challenge Glover. And [win the] fight with him clearly."

Prochazka made it clear to the UFC brass that turning in a better performance against Glover in a rematch whet his appetite more than facing Ankalaev or former champion Jan Blachowicz.

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He said: "I spoke with the organisation and the best way will be to defend the title against Glover because everybody wants that fight.

"Everybody saw that Glover deserves that fight because I won 20 seconds before the end of the fight.

"I think that will be the best case right now.

"But I'm ready and I'll be ready for the other challengers in Ankalaev or Blachowicz - it doesn't matter."

Prochazka has provided nothing but highlights during his two-year stint in the mixed martial arts' premier promotion.

The former RIZIN light-heavyweight champion made a spectacular debut on Fight Island in July 2020, knocking former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir out cold in just under six minutes.

Prochazka then scored an outrageous spinning-back elbow knockout of former title challenger Dominick Reyes ten months later - a victory that bagged him a crack at UFC gold.

And he sensationally edged a Fight of the Year contender with Teixeira with a rear-naked choke with a mere 28 seconds on the clock to become the Czech Republic's first UFC champion.

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Six former California high school football players sue school district and former female athletic trainer, claiming she raped them more than a decade ago

Six former California high school football players are suing their former school district and athletic trainer, alleging the trainer sexually abused and raped them during the 2000s.

Anonymously identified as six separate John Does, the players say Colton High School's Tiffany Gordon raped them while they played football between 2000 and 2007, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The lawsuit claims other members of the football team, players' parents and school staff were aware of Gordon's misconduct while the school district failed to report or investigate claims brought to them.

Gordon worked as the athletic trainer under her father and longtime Colton High football coach and athletic director Harold Strauss before she became the athletic director at Grand Terrace High School.

John Doe 7045 claims he told one coach about him and another student being abused and their plans to report it to the district. The coach's wife then suggested this would not be successful.

The lawsuit says the school district first became aware of allegations against Gordon between 2002 and 2006.

Former Colton High School athletic trainer Tiffany Gordon (pictured) is accused of rape and sexual assault in a lawsuit filed by six former football players

The players recount multiple incidents of rape and abuse between 2000 and 2007

Gordon worked under her father, who was the longtime head football coach and athletic director at Colton High up until his death in 2019

'Despite rampant rumors surrounding Gordon's misconduct, (the school district) knowingly, intentionally, willfully, deliberately, negligently, and/or recklessly allowed Gordon to continue abusing Colton High School's varsity football players, including plaintiffs,' the lawsuit reads.

'In doing so, defendants fostered a pervasive and hostile environment that utterly disregarded the rights and safety of minor athletes who were entrusted to (the district).'

The Colton Joint Unified School District (CJUSD) said in a statement that 'although the current administrative team members were not in leadership roles with the district 20 years ago, the district leadership team is extremely concerned about the allegations being made.'

'Our commitment is always to the safety and well-being of our students, families and staff, and we will work with local law enforcement to protect our community and lend our support to any victims in this case.'

The football players were able to report these allegations because of Assembly Bill 218, which took effect January 1 to provide alleged victims an extended statute of limitations for civil claims.

'This important law gives survivors of sexual abuse an opportunity to be heard and a chance to heal,' said Brian Williams, the attorney representing the former athletes.

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One of the players said they believe Gordon targeted specific players because they often required rides home from school or money for food

John Doe 7043 transferred to the school during his senior year in 2003. While on the football team, he says Gordon made advances on him while inviting him to a drive-in theater date in which she sexually abused him in the back seat of the car. 

John Doe 7047 joined the team as a sophomore in 2000 and alleges Gordon first raped him when he was 16 and that she continued to do so throughout his high school career.

After joining the varsity football team in 2001, John Doe 7042 said he was sexually assaulted by Gordon while he was treated for injuries suffered while he played football.

His abuse continued to escalate throughout his time at the school as he was then allegedly raped by Gordon in the school's locker room, in bathrooms, in the school's weight room and in a trailer.

While hearing rumors about Gordon's sexual abuse as a freshman, John Doe 7044 says he confronted the athletic trainer, who then allegedly told him to send her nude photographs of himself.

She sexually assaulted him the next day and continued until he cut contact with her.

'They really could've stopped it at any time,' he told the LA Times. 

'Everybody knew from when I stepped foot on Colton High that it was a rumor, so at the very least, they could've seen what this rumor was about. At no point did they ever step in to stop it.'

Pictured: The lawsuit filed by six former Colton High School football players against athletic trainer Tiffany Gordon

Pictured: The players accuse both Gordon and the Colton Joint Unified School District for various counts of negligence in addition to sexual battery and sexual harassment

John Doe 7044 added that he believes certain players were targeted because they often needed money to buy food or rides home from school.

'I think the fact that we were a bunch of poor kids, nobody had the thought to protect us outside the football field,' he said. 

Through the years of sexual abuse, the players said Gordon's actions were perceived as 'normal, and even lauded' because of how the coaches responded to the rumors.

They added that the abuse has 'significantly affected and shaped the students' perceptions of intimacy, relationships and responsibilities at a young and impressionable age.

Gordon, who has been placed on administrative leave, did not respond immediately to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.

The school district said it has made itself 'completely available' to the Colton Police Department in its investigation. 

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