If you’re an astute observer of the worldwide scene, Jiri Prochazka (27-3 MMA, 1- UFC) is without doubt now on your radar next an unbelievable 11-1 operate below the Rizin FF banner in Japan, where he racked up stoppage wins above the likes of significant-display veterans C.B. Dollaway, Kazuyuki Fujita, Brandon Halsey, Jake Heun, Satoshi Ishii, Muhammed Lawal, Fabio Maldonado and even current Bellator mild heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov.
If you are the variety of admirer that only watches UFC, certainly he at least got on your radar with a next-spherical stoppage of previous title challenger Volkan Oezdemir at this earlier July’s UFC 251.
Either way, there’s no denying that this 28-year-outdated Czech fighter is a force to be reckoned with and just one that is unquestionably coming into his prime.
Prochazka is at the moment rated No. 13 in the hottest Usa Right now Sports activities/MMA Junkie light-weight heavyweight rankings, but he’ll have an early modify to choose a major step up when he faces No. 3 Dominick Reyes on Feb. 27. With Jan Blachowicz placing his UFC 205-pound title on the line just a person week later, Prochazka could conceivably line up for the winner later in the year, so a summer title shot is not out of the issue – however much will count on the end result of the Polish champ in opposition to “The Last Stylebender.”
And listen, lengthy-reigning champ Jon Jones saying he’s acquired no motivation to occur back to 205 kilos just opens up the title photo even much more. Honestly, I believe Prochazka has the skill to contend with any of the previously described names – but it all starts off with Reyes. A victory there, and the sky is the restrict.