Can Alex Pereira snap up Jiri Prochazka’s title shot? UFC Champ Jamahal Hill fed up due to lack of challengers

Jamahal Hill is eager to fight, but he has been compelled to wait. Hill (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) acquired the vacant light heavyweight championship by overpowering Glover Teixeira at UFC 283 in January. Since then, he has been waiting for Jiri Prochazka to recuperate from shoulder surgery.

After sustaining an injury and relinquishing his title, the division has undergone significant changes. Prochazka has finally had an opportunity to process the news of former middleweight king Alex Pereira’s entrance into his weight class.

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The towering 205er was dominating the UFC and had recently claimed the gold in a legendary clash against Glover Teixeira before experiencing what is being referred to as “the worst shoulder injury” in the promotion’s history. The beloved fighter is expected to make his comeback to the octagon by the end of the year.

Following his decision to transition from middleweight to concentrate on the light heavyweight division, fans started speculating about Pereira’s potential opponents for his debut in the new weight class.

While Jiri appeared uncertain in his response, he expressed the belief that either Magomed Ankalaev or Jan Blachowicz, currently ranked second or third, should be chosen to greet the Brazilian fighter in his new domain.

Jamahal Hill

As the landscape continues to evolve, it remains unclear who will be the champion when ‘Denisa’ returns to the cage. However, according to the man himself, an immediate title shot has been assured to him.

Why is Jamahal Hill vs Jiri Prochazka fight delayed?

In January, Hill claimed the UFC’s light heavyweight championship after defeating Glover Teixeira by decision to seize the vacant title. Ever since, he has expressed a strong desire to compete against Jiri, the former champion who had to relinquish the belt due to a shoulder injury.

However, there is still no clear indication of when Prochazka will be ready to make his comeback. As a result, Hill is eager to secure a fight in the near future, whether it is against Jiri or another opponent.

Without a doubt, Jamahal is becoming increasingly frustrated with the prolonged wait.

“Man, I heard the same thing y’all heard,” Hill told The Schmo. “‘It’s summer time,’ but still where you at, though? Where you at, though? I mean, I haven’t heard anything. I’ve been waiting for the call. I’ve been ready to go.

At this point, I don’t care. It’s the next man up now. Whoever peaks their head out first, whoever separates themselves from the pack, whoever solidifies themselves as No. 1 contender, whoever they send. It is what it is, bro. Send whoever, just give me a name. I don’t care who it is.”

Hill anticipates his comeback in the autumn and expresses that even that timeframe would be excessively lengthy. In Prochazka’s reflective post on his one-year anniversary, he subtly implied that he would be prepared to compete within a few months.

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Sami Haider

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Sami Haider is a UFC/boxing journalist who connects combat sports to pop culture. His deep passion for the UFC started in 2018, triggered by the UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor fight. He is a passionate writer who has a profound love for the sport and the skills that are used in it. Through his work, Sami aspires to connect combat sportsmen and their enthusiastic fans.


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