Jiri Prochazka

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Czech Republic

Huge KO win, title shot looming
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 1, 2021
Prochazka defeated Dominick Reyes via KO (elbow) at 4:29 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Absolutely terrifying. Reyes wouldn't go away easy, so Prochazka kept firing bombs at him from all angles. One spinning elbow along the fence later, this one was over. Prochazka is one of the most unique fighters to arrive on the scene in recent memory. The power is absolutely ridiculous, but so is Jiri's chin. He carries his hands extremely low and eats whatever his opposition throws at him without issue. Reyes clocked him a bunch of times, but Prochazka continued to pushed forward like nothing ever happened. This allowed both men to pick up $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses, and Jiri's finish will earn him an extra $50,000 as one of two Performance of the Night honors. It's fair to wonder how Jiri will fair when someone tries to make him do something other than strike, but Reyes managed to get him to the ground in this fight and Prochazka looked fine before working his way back to his feet. UFC President Dana White had already said that the winner of this fight would be next in line for the winner of the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship fight between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira scheduled for UFC 266 in September. It's difficult to believe this performance would make him change his mind. If that does come to pass, Prochazka will be fighting for UFC gold in just his third fight with the company. Undefeated UFC featherweight Bryce Mitchell said it best on Twitter, "Prochazka is essentially the last boss in a video game. Good luck getting past him."
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Gets new date for Reyes fight
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 11, 2021
Prochazka will take on Dominick Reyes on May 1, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
The matchup had been previously set for Feb. 27 before being postponed for undisclosed reasons. He'll get the chance to try to improve to 2-0 under the UFC banner a few months later than originally planned, while Reyes will be fighting to avoid his third loss in a row.
No longer fighting Feb. 27
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 30, 2021
Prochazka's fight with Dominick Reyes scheduled to headline UFC Fight Night on Feb. 27 has been taken off the card for undisclosed reasons, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear why the bout was taken off the card, but the two remain hopeful the fight will be rescheduled for a later date. Prochazka will have to wait a little longer for his second UFC appearance, as he's yet to fight since his debut win against Volkan Oezdemir in July.
Expected to headline Feb. 27 fight
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 28, 2020
Prochazka is expected to take on Dominick Reyes in a light heavyweight matchup as the main event at a UFC event scheduled for Feb. 27, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Prochazka made his UFC debut when he defeated Volkan Oezdemir via KO (punches) at UFC 251 in July. He demonstrated the power in his hands during the entertaining matchup, but he'll now face a very tough test against Reyes. Reyes was 6-0 to begin his time under the UFC banner, but he's now dropped two consecutive fights. Most recently, he lost to Jan Blachowicz via TKP (punches) at UFC 253 in September. The two fighters are even in height.
Highlight reel KO in UFC debut
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 11, 2020
Prochazka defeated Volkan Oezdemir via KO (punches) at 0:49 of Round 2 at UFC 251 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
We learned a lot about Prochazka in his first UFC bout. We learned that he is a showman, that he has a heck of a chin, and as most assumed, we learned the power in his hands is totally legitimate. A former light heavyweight champion with Rizin, the newcomer started slowly in his debut, yet his chin held up and gave Prochazka time to get to his trademark power. The combination that flattened Volkan was a thing of beauty. He clipped him with a quick jab before crushing his opponent with a sweeping hook that left Oezdemir out cold before he hit the mat. Prochazka has a chance to be an extremely entertaining fighter in the UFC, but chances are he will struggle against better competition. There are open questions regarding his all-around game, and his striking defense is questionable. Prochazka is the type of fighter who will eat one shot in order to land two of his own, and that generally doesn't work over the long term. On the bright side, however, he will walk away with an extra $50,000 in the form of a Performance of the Night bonus.
Debut slated against Oezdemir
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 8, 2020
Prochazka is expected to fight Volkan Oezdemir in a light heavyweight matchup at the UFC's July 11 event, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The former light heavyweight champion of Rizin FF, Prochazka is set to make his UFC debut against a fighter coming off back-to-back victories. On a 10-win professional streak himself, the 27-year-old will carry significant momentum into the Octagon. Of his 26 career wins, all but three have come via knockout. A win over an established opponent like Oezdemir could immediately put him on a title path in what has historically been a shallow division.