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Jiri Prochazka (26-3-1) is one of the biggest new signings of the year so far, an excellent fighter in a relatively empty division. UFC snagged the former Rizin Light Heavyweight kingpin back in January, not far removed from his vicious knockout of UFC veteran CB Dollaway (watch it!). The Czech athlete has won his previous ten bouts, stopping nine of those opponents via knockout.
Now, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto has announced his debut opponent, and it’s a fun one. UFC intends to throw Prochazka directly into the deep end of the Light Heavyweight division in a match up with former title challenger and fellow knockout artist Volkan Oezdemir (17-4) on Sat., July 11, 2020.
Breaking: UFC finalizing Volkan Oezdemir (@volkan_oezdemir) vs. former Rizin champion Jiri Prochazka on July 11.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) June 8, 2020
Oezdemir 12 KOs in 17 wins. Prochazka 23 KOs in 26 wins. If you want to familiarize yourself with Prochazka: https://t.co/jNdlbmVON5
Oezdemir has looked quite sharp lately himself. The 30-year-old Swiss athlete has won his last two bouts, rebounding after a trio of defeats that began with his title loss to Daniel Cormier. “No Time” is a power-first striker who has grown more patient, resulting in more consistent offense over the full 15 minutes.
In short, we have a battle of two Light Heavyweights likely looking to blast each other into another realm of consciousness. Which man remains standing when all is said and done?
We don’t know yet if Gilbert Burns is facing Kamaru Usman next, but he’s fighting someone!
Guess what? I’m back in camp!— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) June 8, 2020
Speaking of “Durinho,” here’s a fun fact about the Burns brothers and a funny comment from the man himself:
The last two fights in the UFC was won by the Burns brothers. I don't know if that is a stat, but I don't think two brothers have ever won back to back UFC fights. #UFC250— Keith Shillan (@KeithShillanMMA) June 6, 2020
Man @Amanda_Leoa hits harder than @NeilMagny this is a FACT #ufc250 sorry no sorry— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) June 7, 2020
This is one of the smoothest wrestling maneuvers I’ve ever seen!
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If anyone would like to read some of Chuck Mindenhall’s recent writings, they’re now available without paywall.
All my material from The Athletic is unlocked for your reading pleasure. Please take just one apiece, as I want to make sure everybody gets some. (Just kidding, grab handfuls). https://t.co/dzGmH9LpTP— Chuck Mindenhall (@ChuckMindenhall) June 8, 2020
Lots of comedians have Twitter accounts. Few of them are as funny as Mark Normand:
Seems like UFC fighters do more retiring than a nascar pitt crew.— mark normand (@marknorm) June 7, 2020
Sometimes, I feel bad for Jon Anik. It’s not his fault he has to spam the commentary with nonsense advertisements. That’s the job!
June 7, 2020
Slips, rips, and KO clips
My own bias aside, the Cody Garbrandt right hook from hell is worth revisiting:
June 7, 2020
Every single Gilbert Yvel fight was violent — even when he didn’t bite anyone. All 40 of his professional victories came via knockout or submission.
Gilbert Yvel knocked Carlos Barreto out but Barreto protested, got the fight restarted only to be brutally knocked out w/ a Flying Knee seconds after the restart (2001) pic.twitter.com/jYLu4JgGOO— LORD HONKY HUMUNGUS (@Mr_Honky) June 5, 2020
This column will never stop using Saenchai clips.
Saenchai gif of the day. pic.twitter.com/dHt4Jovwq7— nojillnolife (@nojillnolife) June 7, 2020
One of my favorite authors describing one of my favorite road trip stops:
#AnthonyBourdain passed away two years ago today.— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) June 8, 2020
I always enjoyed watching his perfect description of Waffle House.pic.twitter.com/lWdtoVQZ0W
Midnight Music: Run The Jewels 4 came out last week with pretty perfect timing. Every Run The Jewels record features creative beats and aggressive bars — this one is no exception. It also has an unexpected Josh Homme feature, which is a major positive for me!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.