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Jiri Prochazka shocked by large reception in return to Czech Republic: ‘It was emotional’

Jiri Prochazka shocked by large reception in return to Czech Republic: ‘It was emotional’

Jiri Prochazka had no concept of what sort of reception awaited him again residence within the Czech Republic after his thrilling title-winning submission of Glover Teixeira at UFC 275.

However a raucous scene with thousands upon thousands of his countrymen and countrywomen crowding into the town sq. to have fun the primary Czech champion in UFC historical past?

“I didn’t anticipate that,” Prochazka admitted on The MMA Hour.

“Within the Czech Republic, it was an enormous factor. It was an enormous factor as a result of it’s the best peak for the MMA fighters for them — and I received that. And I do know it was like [a] 50-50 [fight], however I received that battle, and I feel the individuals right here, I feel they are often proud for that. That the small Czech Republic has now the champion of the most important [MMA promotion in the world].”

Prochazka, 29, had a way earlier than UFC 275 {that a} win may flip into an enormous deal for his native nation, if solely as a result of the eye he was receiving from Czech shops forward of the Teixeira bout dwarfed the eye he obtained for his different main fights previously.

However even Prochazka couldn’t have anticipated simply how seminal the second would grow to be after his success in a five-round warfare many have hailed as the brand new front-runner for “Struggle of the 12 months” — and one of many best UFC mild heavyweight fights of all-time.

“I simply needed to share that vitality, the victory vitality with them,” Prochazka stated of the group. “As a result of the individuals from from Czech Republic who’re watching MMA they usually perceive MMA, they’re actually energetic individuals, they usually had been so, so, so loud.

“It was superb. It was emotional, and I’m glad to symbolize Czech Republic within the UFC.”

The second was well-earned not just for the historic nature of Prochazka’s victory, but in addition as a result of the brand new UFC mild heavyweight champion needed to wade by means of hell and again to assert his title. Prochazka and Teixeira every almost completed the opposite a number of instances within the bout, and Prochazka was really down on two of the three judges’ scorecards heading into the ultimate spherical earlier than pulling off a miracle comeback with 28 seconds left on the clock.

“He was robust. He was a troublesome fighter,” Prochazka stated of Teixeira.

“Like his mindset and his [perseverance] within the battle had been superb. I feel [he’s] one of many hardest fighters that I’ve ever met. I’ve met lots of guys who had been so sturdy. Glover wasn’t so sturdy. He wasn’t so speedy, like fast. He wasn’t so quick. However his mindset to [keep] going, to [keep] going, nonetheless going, by means of all these obstacles and all of this stuff, nonetheless hold going — that was, from him, very good and that was what makes him harmful.”

Prochazka stated he hopes to compete once more quickly and defend his title earlier than the top of 2022. Whether or not it’s in a rematch towards Teixeira, a significant European headliner towards Polish ex-champion Jan Blachowicz, or towards the winner of UFC 277’s Anthony Smith vs. Magomed Ankalaev bout, Prochazka will seemingly have his choices.

Fortunately, he’ll even have time to adapt to his newfound fame within the Czech Republic.

“Not a lot now,” Prochazka stated with fun when requested if he can stroll outdoors with out being stopped, “as a result of now, this week, there’s all people who acknowledges me.”

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