“Worst shoulder injury… in UFC history” – Career threatening injury forces Jiri Prochazka to vacate his title and pull out from UFC 282

Details behind Jiri Prochazka's dreadful injury, which forced him to vacate his belt and pull out of UFC 282 are revealed by Dana White; additionally, the MMA community shows respect for Prochazka's moral code.

Jiri Prochazka (Image Courtesy - Bloody Elbow)
Jiri Prochazka (Image Courtesy - Bloody Elbow)

In breaking news, it has been revealed that Jiri Prochazka is out of his first proposed title defence against Glover Teixeira owing to a horrific injury he suffered while wrestling.

Now, more details have surfaced about the injury and its consequences. Dana White commented on the injury saying, “This is the worst shoulder injury the doctors have seen in UFC history, It’s really f***ing bad. His shoulder is very, very bad. He’s going to have serious surgery that will require extensive rehab.” [H/T Yahoo Sports]

Furthermore, the expected time out for the former champion looks to be around a year. However, in true sportsman fashion, Prochazka has relinquished the title and vacated the belt to be atbetween the new main event of UFC 282, that is between Jan Blachowicz vs Magomed Ankalaev.

Jiri Prochazka posted to his Twitter just a few hours back, saying, “Thank you for the messages. I have to say sorry to Glover, I cancelled the fight, such a short [duration] from the fight. That’s life.” Interestingly, speaking of Teixiera, he is no more in the title picture. According to Ariel Helwani, Teixiera was offered to fight Magomed Ankalaev, whom he refused, preferring Jan Blachowic instead. However, that was not the direction the UFC wanted to head in, so our new title fight will be held between the Pole and the Russian.

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The MMA Community reacts to the startling news of Jiri Prochazka’s horrific injury  

Jiri Prochazka is champion no more (Image Courtesy - The  Mirror)
Jiri Prochazka is champion no more (Image Courtesy – The Mirror)

As is to be expected, fans and experts from the MMA world didn’t take long to send their messages of solidarity to Jiri Prochazka – a fighter who has recently become one of the most admired ones on the roster, owing to his quirky personality and enthralling fighting style. Another trend that fans showed is their immense respect for Prochazka’s decision to vacate the belt and not hold up the 205-pound division. Find some of the best reactions attached below.

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While it is definitely a bummer for fight fans to not see “Denisa” involved at UFC 282, the show must go on. And when it is time, Prochazka will return better, and straight back to the title.

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Udayan Mukherjee is an avid sports fan with an interest in writing - the two come in handy for him, as he combines what he watches into what he likes writing about. Udayan, part of the FirstSportz UFC team, grew up watching his dad intensely follow Formula 1 and Cricket, and along the way, he found a love for football himself. In the pandemic, with nothing better to watch, Udayan watched the UFC events, and since, has looked at the sport as his primary sport of interest.