UFC LHW Champ Jiri Prochazka Wants Texeira Rematch: “I Will Show You Why I’m the Champion”

Glover Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka, UFC 275 face-off
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - JUNE 07: (L-R) UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira of Brazil and Jiri Prochazka of Czech Republic face off during a UFC photo session at Gardens by the Bay on June 7, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

UFC light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka captured the promotion’s 205 pound title just last month, with a come-from-behind win in the fifth round at UFC 275 against Brazil’s Glover Teixeira.

While contenders like Anthony Smith and Jan Blachowicz are circling, the Czech champ has voiced his pick for his first title defense. And it’s a rematch against the very man he won the belt from, Teixeira.

Prochazka (29-3-1) made his decision in a video posted on social media on Monday.

“I want to fight Glover the next fight. Not because it will be another big fight, but just one reason: my performance was bad in the first fight,” Prochazka stated. “And I will show you why I’m the champion. Clearly, decisively, and I think Glover deserves it. So here’s the offer: I will show you why I’m the champion.”

The 29-year old Prochazka had one of the shortest runs to UFC gold, winning just two fights in the promotion prior to challenging against Teixeira. That said, those two wins  came in dominant performances against Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes, with both landing Prochazka a Performance of the Night bonus.

The Czech fighter previously competed for Japan’s RIZIN Fighting Federation, and was the inaugural 205 pound champ in the promotion.

Prior to the loss to Prochazka, Teixeira, meanwhile, had won six straight. The 42-year old defeated Jan Blachowicz to claim light heavyweight gold at UFC 267 last year.


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