Author: Miroslav Obluk
Jiří Procházka.PHOTO: with the consent of Jiří Procházka
Czech samurai Jiří Procházka has already defeated many opponents. In his career, he won twenty-eight times before the limit, only one of his matches had to be decided by point judges. These numbers inspire respect, instill fear. The native of Hostěradice is known for his unorthodox style, his hands are on his waist, but when he draws his sword, heads fall.
Thirty-three fights, 29 victories, 28 before the limit, only 3 defeats and one draw, this is the summary of the career of the most successful Czech MMA fighter.
Procházka currently has a thirteen-game winning streak under his belt, of which he celebrated twelve times before the limit. The last time he fell in the cage was eight years ago when he was not good enough for the legendary Muhammad Lawal.
A rough break from the days of Rizin hardened Procházka. Over the years, he has become a better, more mature fighter, who is fighting for the UFC’s golden grail for the second time this Saturday.
How Procházk’s weekend dance with the Brazilian Pereira will end remains to be seen. In New York’s Madison Square Garden, two famous stand-up fighters who like to end their matches before the limit will face each other. Predictions are being made that this battle will not go to scorecards.
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Jiří has 28 finishes before the limit, Alex 6, but this is due to the fact that he has only been fighting fully under MMA rules for the second year. However, he managed to accomplish great things during that time.
He won the middleweight title, he got a title shot at light heavyweight. Poatan is not a warrior who unleashes his spells right from the edge of combat. He first tests his opponents leg with devastating kicks, then unleashes his deadly stance.
Procházka, on the other hand, is ready to execute his opponents whenever he sees the opportunity. That’s also why he has a lot of first-round finishes on his record.
The fastest got to the word ten years ago, when Jiří trained Radovan Estocin after 26 seconds at the GCF 23 event.
It was Estocin who stepped on the gas first. He frantically attacked Procházek, who defended himself with a round kick and a knee. But the opponent continued the bulldog pressure. Jiří checked everything, measured the distance and sent his favorite knee jump.
That turned out exactly right. Victory and an explosion of emotions, the hall erupted in deafening cheers. He enjoyed the walk, opponents had to be picked up from the ground.
“Unreal knee, Jiří will make it far. He has what it takes,” one of the fans predicted under a YouTube video eight years ago. He wasn’t mistaken.
Jiří made it to the top of the UFC. He became the champion of the light heavyweight division last June.
After seventeen months, he will be able to build on this success. At UFC 295, he jumps into his second title fight among the elite, you can be there thanks to Telly.