Jiri Prochazka Prepares To Fight By Hitting A Tree 500 Times Per Day

Jiri ProchazkaJiri Prochazka has revealed the unusual way he gets ready for his fights. The 29-year-old is one of the most ruthless fighters in MMA and appears to be next in line for a shot at the new light-heavyweight champion, Glover Teixeira. Prochazka recently played the role of back-up for the UFC 267 title fight between […]

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Jiri Prochazka has revealed the unusual way he gets ready for his fights.

The 29-year-old is one of the most ruthless fighters in MMA and appears to be next in line for a shot at the new light-heavyweight champion, Glover Teixeira.

Prochazka recently played the role of back-up for the UFC 267 title fight between Teixeira and Blachowicz. During his preparations for a potential championship bout that never came to fruition, Prochazka posted a video to social media that showed him repeatably hitting a tree.

During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Prochazka explained how practicing his shots in nature helps him in the gym and in his fights.

“It’s good for the body to be in the technique to be like a rock,” he explained. “Then I can go through the opponent’s body with my technique, and my technique can be more dangerous. It’s a good training for the body.”

“After some 500 punches, then I go to the bag, and the bag is very easy, believe me,” Prochazka added.

Jiri Prochazka’s Quick Rise Through The UFC’s Light-Heavyweight Division

The Czech fighter only joined the UFC in 2020 and just two fights later he is in line for a shot at the biggest prize in MMA.

Prochazka was widely regarded as one of the best 205lb fighters on the planet before he signed for the UFC. He secured big wins over the likes of Muhammad Lawal, CB Dolloway, Fabio Maldonado, and Vadim Nemkov before being signed to MMA’s premier promotion. Prochazka also won and defended the RIZIN light-heavyweight title.

In his UFC debut, Prochakza faced former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir who was riding a two-fight winning streak into the bout and appeared to be primed for another shot at UFC gold. Prochazka was able to withstand the dangerous power punches of Oezdemir and scored a huge highlight-reel KO of his own.

It was a similar story when Prochazka made his second Octagon appearance against Dominick Reyes earlier this year. For large parts of the two-round fight ‘Denis’ beat on the former title challenger but he did have to survive one sticky spot to secure another highlight-reel finish, one that will surely be in the running for Knockout of the Year.

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Procházka Reveals The Two UFC Fighters Who Inspire Him The Most

UFC light heavyweight contender Ji?í Procházka has revealed that two top flyweights inspire him the most on MMA’s biggest stage.

In just two fights in the UFC, Procházka has already jumped into 205-pound title contention and established himself as …

Ji?í Procházka

UFC light heavyweight contender Ji?í Procházka has revealed that two top flyweights inspire him the most on MMA’s biggest stage.

In just two fights in the UFC, Procházka has already jumped into 205-pound title contention and established himself as one of the most lethal strikers in the promotion. The Czech native was signed by the world’s largest MMA organization after building a 26-3-1 record, which included 23 knockouts, and achieving championship glory in Japan’s renowned Rizin promotion.

In his debut at UFC 251 last July, Procházka brutally knocked out former title challenger and perennial contender Volkan Oezdemir. After announcing his arrival in style on Fight Island, “Denisa” returned to action in May this year.

In the UFC Vegas 25 main event, he was matched up with Dominick Reyes, who’d previously competed for the light heavyweight gold on two occasions. Cementing his status as a threat to the champion, the 29-year-old brutally sent “The Devastator” to sleep with a spinning back elbow.

Procházka Draws Inspiration From The Lighter Divisions

With an immense combination of speed, power, and agility, Procházka certainly poses a unique and dangerous threat to every member of the light heavyweight roster. The #2-ranked contender discussed where he draws inspiration from for his style in an interview with SCMP MMA.

Despite competing in the second heaviest weight class in the promotion, Procházka revealed that he enjoys watching the lighter divisions. In particular, “Denisa” said the two fighters that inspire him the most are current UFC Flyweight Champion Brandon Moreno and the Mexican’s rival Deiveson Figueiredo.

“Man, there is a lot of fighters. A lot of fighters who I respect. These two guys who had two fights for the title; Moreno with Figueiredo. These two guys, I like the light guys. I like light guys because I like to inspire by (their) light moves. And I saw nice technique in their fight, so that was the great fight of these two guys.”

While Moreno and Figueiredo prepare for their trilogy fight, which is set to take place at UFC 270 in January, Procházka will be targeting a matchup with current light heavyweight king Glover Teixeira. While he’s seemingly the number one contender, the Czech star has admitted he’d be open to a title eliminator if the Brazilian isn’t ready to defend his belt early in 2022.

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Procházka: I’d Accept A Top-5 Opponent If Title Fight Will Be A Long Wait

Despite targeting a title crowning in his next outing, UFC light heavyweight contender Ji?í Procházka is willing to face another top five first if he’s facing a lengthy wait for Glover Teixeira to be ready.

Not many promotional newcomers have broke…

Ji?í Procházka

Despite targeting a title crowning in his next outing, UFC light heavyweight contender Ji?í Procházka is willing to face another top five first if he’s facing a lengthy wait for Glover Teixeira to be ready.

Not many promotional newcomers have broken onto the scene in as impactful and brutal a way as Procházka. The Czech powerhouse arrived on MMA’s biggest stage in 2020 off the back of a successful career across the Pacific. Prior to UFC 251, “Denisa” had built a 26-3-1 record that included 23 knockouts and championship glory in Japan’s Rizin promotion.

Continuing his KO tendency, Procházka sent top-10 light heavyweight contender Volkan Oezdemir to sleep in his debut last July. After securing a bonus in his first appearance, the 29-year-old added a further two in his second. Against former title challenger Dominick Reyes, Procházka recorded one of the knockouts of the year as he rendered “The Devastator” unconscious with a vicious spinning back elbow.

Procházka Looks To Avoid Lengthy Period Of Inactivity

After weighing in as a backup for the UFC 267 main event last month, Procházka is expected to be the first challenger to Teixeira’s reign. The Brazilian defeated Procházka’s fellow European Jan Blachowicz to become the second oldest champion in UFC history.

In an interview with SCMP MMA prior to the Abu Dhabi-held event, Procházka discussed what the next steps would be once his services weren’t required on October 30. The Czech star made it clear the light heavyweight belt is his primary target.

“My plan is for my manager to spoke about, with the UFC, about my next fight. I want to fight when the title will be ready.”

However, Procházka also suggested he’d be willing to contest a title eliminator should the champion require a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Given Teixeira’s shoulder injury and targeted April/May 2022 timeframe, “Denisa” could well find himself in action once more before staking his claim for the 205-pound throne.

“If there will be a long time to wait for the title chance, maybe I will take somebody around, from the top five. But, everybody knows about me, and in the UFC they spoke about me and my title chance. So, I don’t wanna think about it more. I just wanna know, ‘Okay, you have a fight. Just be ready, be prepared.’ I don’t want to speak about that and just talking. I just want to fight some logic(al) fight; what is good for me, and that’s all.”

If Procházka’s third walk to the Octagon is to face another contender, the logical opponent will be Aleksandar Raki?. The Austrian boasts a 6-1 UFC record. His only defeat in the promotion was a controversial decision loss to Oezdemir, a result most fans and pundits disagreed with.

After entering the division’s top three with a win against Thiago Santos earlier this year, “Rocket” has repeatedly called for a number one contender’s clash with Procházka. Raki? even recently claimed he’d been offered the matchup by the UFC, suggesting his fellow European must have turned down the clash. “Denisa” responded by branding the #3-ranked contender a “liar.”

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Glover Teixeira Targets April/May Title Defense Against Ji?í Procházka

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Glover Teixeira has suggested his likely title defense against Ji?í Procházka will take place in either April or May next year.

Defying the odds and Father Time, Teixeira had UFC gold wrapped around his waist at the a…

Ji?í Procházka, Glover Teixeira

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Glover Teixeira has suggested his likely title defense against Ji?í Procházka will take place in either April or May next year.

Defying the odds and Father Time, Teixeira had UFC gold wrapped around his waist at the age of 42 last month. At UFC 267 in Abu Dhabi, the Brazilian faced Jan Blachowicz in the main event. Despite many expecting the veteran to fall short against the Polish powerhouse, Teixeira dominated a short fight, submitting the 38-year-old with a second-round rear-naked choke.

The victory saw Teixeira join the great Randy Couture in the post-40 champions club, something “The Natural” had predicted pre-UFC 267. The Brazilian’s title crowning also saw a remarkable resurgence and winning streak culminate in him securing his seat on the 205-pound throne for the first time.

Teixeira Targets First Defense For Second Quarter Of 2022

While many, including Blachowicz, had expected Teixeira’s career to come to a close with a defeat inside the Etihad Arena, the champion is now looking forward to his first title defense. The leading contender is undoubtedly Ji?í Procházka.

The Czech knockout artist arrived in the UFC last year after accumulating a devastating 26-3 record, which included 23 knockouts. In two Octagon appearances, “Denisa” has added brutal KOs of former title challengers Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes to his résumé.

During a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, Teixeira said that he believes Procházka will be the man standing opposite him for his first title defense next year.

“Yeah, I think so (Ji?í is next in line). For me, it doesn’t matter, you know. I’m a fighter, I’m always a fighter. I want always to fight the champion. I’m fighting whoever is coming my way. Ji?í is supposed to be the next guy, he was there (UFC 267) cutting weight, waiting for that title. He’s supposed to be the next guy.”

After winning the belt at UFC 267, Teixeira found himself with a six-month medical suspension due to an injury to his right shoulder. After confirming that he’s likely pulled a muscle, the champ announced his intention to rest and recuperate over the coming months, before returning to action in the second quarter of 2022.

“I have a minor injury in the shoulder. I went to just look at it today. Doctor says it’s pretty cool, it’s probably just a pulled muscle. But you know man, April/May next year. Hang out to see, chill, relax. I need a little rest on my body. Come back next year and start training”

How do you think a light heavyweight title fight between champion Glover Teixeira and Ji?í Procházka would play out?

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Ji?í Procházka Blasts ‘Liar’ Aleksandar Rakic For Fight Offer Claim

UFC light heavyweight contender Ji?í Procházka denied Aleksandar Rakic’s recent claims that he turned down a No. 1 contender fight with him.

Procházka served as the UFC 267 backup fighter for Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira and was in attendance…

Jiri Prochazka Aleksandar Rakic

UFC light heavyweight contender Ji?í Procházka denied Aleksandar Rakic’s recent claims that he turned down a No. 1 contender fight with him.

Procházka served as the UFC 267 backup fighter for Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira and was in attendance to watch Teixeira pull off the massive upset over Blachowicz in the main event. He’s expected to be next in line for the title against Teixeira.

However, Rakic has recently claimed that Procházka was offered a top contender fight with him, a fight in which Prochazka allegedly turned down. UFC President Dana White has remained non-committal on Procházka’s status as the top contender, which has opened the conversation up to a possible fight with Rakic.

It all started when Rakic posted a tweet stating that Procházka had been offered a fight with him.

“If he’s getting the title shot, why did the UFC offer me two days ago to fight him for a #1 contender fight?”

Jiri Procházka Denies Aleksandar Rakic’s No. 1 Contender Fight Claim

During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Procházka cleared the air on Rakic’s claims.

“I’m a little bit disappointed in [Rakic’s claims], because my coach, he showed me that tweet before, and that’s, man, this is so disrespectful,” Procházka said. “That’s bad. And the information, that the UFC offered him that fight, that’s not true. That’s not true. I have it from my guys, from my manager, who’s speaking with the UFC, and they said that’s not true what he wrote.”

“That’s showing he’s just a liar,” Procházka continued. “The first step, in my opinion, is I need to keep my word when I stepped into the UFC. I want to go to the title in the shortest way that I can. So that’s my first target.”

Rakic most recently defeated former UFC title challengers Thiago Santos and Anthony Smith in back-to-back fights. Procházka has entered the UFC unscathed, with knockout wins over Dominick Reyes and Volkan Oezdemir.

A No. 1 contender fight between Procházka and Rakic would certainly make sense, but it remains to be seen which direction the UFC brass will ultimately go with the light heavyweight title picture.

Should Jiri Procházka get the next title shot over Aleksandar Rakic?

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Jan Blachowicz Wants To Face ‘Crazy Fighter’ Jiri Prochazka In Europe

Jan BlachowiczJan Blachowicz is excited about the prospect of facing one of the hottest contenders in the sport, Jiri Prochazka. The UFC Light Heavyweight champion wants the fight to be a headliner in Europe and expects that it can be done. Blachowicz had nothing but praise for the former Rizin Light Heavyweight champion, citing his unique […]

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Jan Blachowicz is excited about the prospect of facing one of the hottest contenders in the sport, Jiri Prochazka. The UFC Light Heavyweight champion wants the fight to be a headliner in Europe and expects that it can be done.

Blachowicz had nothing but praise for the former Rizin Light Heavyweight champion, citing his unique and erratic fighting style and his impressive two-fight run in the UFC thus far.

“Great run for him,” Blachowicz said about Prochazka when speaking to MMA Fighting. “He’s a crazy fighter but in a good way. Crazy, weird style but he knows how to use it. I believe I will fight against Glover and then maybe in the future with Jiri, but somewhere in Europe.

“If I have to fight Jiri, we have to do it in Poland or somewhere in Europe, because all of Europe would like to come and see this fight live. First of all, I have to beat Glover. The focus is on him. I hope so nothing will change cause when I beat Glover, maybe my next opponent will be Jiri, but this fight has to not be in Abu Dhabi, not in USA, in Europe.”

Both Blachowicz and Prochazka hail from neighboring European countries, Poland and the Czech Republic, and the prospect of building that fight in a major European stadium is extremely realistic.

Jan Blachowicz Wants To Main Event In Poland

“If this fight will happen, I hope it will be in Poland in the national stadium — 60,000 people will come to watch this fight,” Blachowicz said.

In terms of how the fight would play out stylistically, Blachowicz admits it would be a good fight with Jiri’s interesting style in the octagon.

“Weird style, crazy style, nice to watch,” Blachowicz said. “Against me, I think it’s going to be a good fight. Maybe in the future, we will see.

“I’m very excited because we still have good fighters, young fighters. They come to the UFC and they motivate me to go to the gym and train hard. I want to say thanks to Jiri, thanks to [Aleksandr] Rakic because they motivate me to be the champion. To go and train hard.”

It seems like these two light heavyweights are on a collision course in the future. No doubt this fight would be huge and could headline anywhere in the world.

When do we see Jan Blachowicz vs Jiri Prochazka? Who wins?