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“He’s a bigger challenge ,” Jiri Prochazka talks about finalising opponent for the first title defence

Jiri is 29-3 in his overall MMA career with 28 wins via finishes.

Glover Teixeira- Jiri Prochazka- Jan Blachowicz

As a UFC champion, Jiri Prochazka seems to be in a critical stage of who to give the next title shot after he made the most of his turn when he defeated the preceding champion, Glover Teixeira at UFC 275 via submission in the last minute of a fight of the year contender for 2022. Prochazka, the first Czech UFC champion, captured the gold in just his third UFC fight.

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Prochazka has won over the likes of Teixeira, Volkan Oezdemir, Dominick Reyes, Vadim Nemkov, Muhammad Lawal, Satoshi Ishii, C.B. Dolloway, Fabio Maldonado and many more. After middleweight great Anderson Silva, Prochazka has the least fights fought in the UFC before becoming the champion.

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Jiri Prochazka has the utmost respect for Glover Teixeira for fighting him at UFC 275

Jiri Prochazka vs Glover Teixeira at UFC 275

In an interview with Dave Schmulenson aka The Schmo, Prochazka talks about his life as a champion of the world, his time during the international fight week and much more. In the midst of all, Prochazka gives an idea of who he might fight next but the decision is still not made because of the competitive resumes of the possible names.

“I’ve to make a decision about the next fight and I’m thinking about giving an offer to Glover for a rematch or to challenge Jan [Blachowicz, former champion] because Jan for me is a much bigger challenge but I think Glover… he made a great performance in that fight [against Prochazka himself] and I have to say to him- huge respect for that. So, we will see,” says Prochazka.

What do you make of Prochazka’s decision going back and forth between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira? Who do you think should Prochazka fight next? How would Prochazka do in a fight with Jan, or even in a rematch with Teixeira? Where do you put Prochazka amongst the current roster of the most exciting fighters in the UFC?

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Abhai Singh Tanwar is MMA writer at FirstSportz. He is a combat sports enthusiast who was a Taekwondo practitioner for a decade and practiced MMA for six months. Other than combat sports, hobbies and interests include listening music, writing poems, etc. Previously have written content for Spirit for Youth Foundation and The Happy Company.