The UFC light-heavyweight division has not had a stable champion ever since Jon Jones vacated the title back in 2020. Bar Jan Blachowicz, no other UFC champion has managed to defend their titles as they either lost in a match or vacated the title owing to injury reasons.
Recently the title picture of the 205-pound weight class is getting interesting again as the likes of Alex Pereira have made their presence known. Poatan has seemingly put down his rivalry with current Middleweight UFC champion Israel Adesanya and wants to focus on a new weight class. However, a former champion has a strong message for the former two-division kickboxing champ.
Jiri Prochazka issues stern warning to Alex Pereira
Prochazka is currently the number one contender for the light heavyweight division and he has lately voiced his intentions to share the octagon with Pereira after he makes his return following a long year of dealing with his shoulder injury.
Some reports even revealed that UFC authorities briefly tried to make the fight happen in UFC 293 in Sydney, Australia. Unfortunately, that idea did not work out. However, Prochazka still has not lost the intent to fight with Pereira and has issued a warning to Alex saying “If I have to choke him, I will choke him” in an interview with AllStar reporter, John Hyon Ko.
Pereira had announced that he will move to Light Heavyweight after he lost his title to Adesanya. He then had his first bout with Jan Blachowicz and won by split decision. Jiri last fought with Glover Teixeira in UFC 275 where defeated Teixeira with a rear naked choke in the fifth round.
Why did Jiri Prochazka and Jamahal Hill bout never happen?
Just before UFC 283, Jiri Prochazka withdrew because of a devastating right shoulder injury he suffered while training grappling in Las Vegas. This resulted in Glover Teixeira getting a shot at the belt against Jamahal Hill.
Jamahal defeated the veteran and got hold of the belt and set his sights on the ‘Czekh Samurai’ for his first title defense.
Now that Prochazka is ready to head back into the octagon, Hill has ruptured his Achilles tendon. This time Jamahal was the one vacating the title however, Jiri was quite sympathetic to his actions. As a result of this, it doesn’t look like Hill and Prochazka cannot come face-to-face in the Octagon anytime soon.
What do you think? Is the Hill vs Prochazka fight ever going to happen? Are you excited about the Pereira vs Prochazka fight? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!