The UFC light heavyweight contender Jiri Prochazka is speedrunning his career in the UFC. After only 2 fights since he joined the promotion in 2020, Prochazka already has a title fight scheduled.
Jiri Prochazka is excited to be challenging reigning light heavyweight champion, Glover Teixeira. Everyone agrees that the 29-year-old is a scary striker, having 25 knockouts out of his 28 victories. However, Prochazka himself knows that his striking power is not enough to beat Teixeira and his ground game capability.
To fill the gap of his overall fighting performance, Jiri Prochazka is planning on getting some outside help to get better at grappling. Recently, the Czech Republic native trained with sumo legend Pavel Bojar. The two had a sparring session in a sumo wrestling fight. They also had some training sessions where Prochazka learned more about grappling.
Pavel Bojar is not the only one Prochazka wished to learn from. Prochazka also revealed his plan to train with UFC stars with elite grapplers such as Henry Cejudo and Jon Jones to improve his wrestling skill. During an interview with CBS Sports, he revealed that he’d like to train with the two former champions.
“In February, I am thinking about and working towards preparation in America. Especially with Henry Cejudo and Jon Jones there. I want to go there and work on my wrestling. I especially want to take my wrestling to the next level. I’m really looking forward to that. I’m a big fan of Figueiredo. His style is great. It’s an honor to go there and train with these guys,” said Prochazka.
Jiri Prochazka’s career started within Rizin, a mixed martial arts promotion based in Japan. He hasn’t lost since 2016 and currently boasts of a 12 win streak. In his professional MMA career Prochazka has a record consisting of 28 wins, 3 losses, and 1 draw.