The Light Heavyweight division has a new contender for the belt, and current champion Jan Blachowicz is ready for it.
Former RIZIN champion Jiri Prochazka has made quite the mark on Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) since his first fight with the promotion in July 2020 — a knockout win over Volkan Oezdemir. Last night at UFC Vegas 25, he showed that finish was no fluke, busting up former contender Dominick Reyes’ face badly and then knocking him unconscious with a ridiculous double elbow attack (watch the highlights here).
The Czech fighter was promised a title shot if he defeated Reyes, and we can’t imagine that impressive finish would result in anything else. This sets up a battle between neighboring countries: Czech Republic and Poland.
For all those who do not know the Slavic context of the previous post and its humorous nature.— Jan Blachowicz (@JanBlachowicz) May 2, 2021
Of course, Glovera is the next contender. I always keep my word . #LegendaryPolishPower
“Hey Jiri,” Blachowicz wrote on Twitter after the impressive win. “Me vs you in Cieszyn. Polish Prince vs Czech Samurai. Sword vs. katana.”
Cieszyn is a town literally split in two along the Czech / Polish border and while there’s no way a fight this size can be held there, wouldn’t a press conference right on the border line be cool?
The only thing standing in the way of this bout that has the potential for a lot of European attention? Glover Teixiera, who has been waiting patiently for his 205-pound title shot since a Nov. 2020 win over Thiago Santos. While not officially announced, that scrap is looking like it will go down on Sept. 4, 2021.
That leaves “Jirka” in a bit of a lurch for at least eight months. Who knows, maybe he’s just crazy enough to accept another fight in the meantime. He alluded to enjoying the journey during his post-fight interview and felt like his rise in UFC was almost going too fast. But with his wild kill or be killed style, we think it’d be smarter for him to wait.
For selfish reasons, let’s hope he chooses the stupid option.
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