UFC 275: “Teixeira vs. Jiri” is two short weeks away and to help get fans hyped for the Light Heavyweight title fight, the promotion has released Jiri Prochazka’s violent win over Dominick Reyes at UFC Vegas 25 from May 2021.
Prochazka earned his shot at the 205-pound strap off the strength of that victory, which saw him badly maul Reyes for the majority of nine minutes before scoring a knockout blow via vicious spinning back elbow. The move earned Jiri a top spot on many sports outlets’ “Knockout of the Year” lists and Reyes remains on the sidelines recovering from the traumatic finish (details here).
The bout was just Prochazka’s second in UFC, but “Denisa” entered the promotion on a wild 10-fight win streak with nine of those coming via knockout. The Reyes knockout would confirm Prochazka was the real deal, and he found himself in line for a Light Heavyweight title shot. The only downside? He had to wait for Glover Teixeira to get his title shot first against Jan Blachowicz in Oct. 2021. And then seven more months to finally get to fight Teixeira.
Indeed, Prochazka has spent more than one year without a fight, but he has been working diligently on improving his skills. This camp for UFC 275 saw the Czech fighter traveling to Arizona to train at Eric Albarracin’s Fight Ready gym to focus on his wrestling skills. Those are something we haven’t seen much of, largely due to Prochazka being a tornado of stand-up striking in most of his past fights.
UFC 275 goes down June 11, 2022, from inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, and also features a women’s Flyweight title bout between champ Valentina Shevchenko and Taila Santos. In another key women’s match, Strawweight standouts Weili Zhang and Joanna Jedrzejczyk are running back their 2020 “Fight of the Year” bout, which saw Zhang win via split decision.
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