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Jiri Prochazka ‘stunned’ Alex Pereira accepted championship rematch at UFC 303

Jiri Prochazka is always prepared. That mindset has come in handy for Prochazka, who has a chance to regain the light heavyweight title when he rematches Alex Pereira at UFC 303 in Las Vegas this Saturday. Prochazka lost via TKO to Pereira in their first fight in November 2023, but he rebounded with a knockout

Jiri Prochazka ‘stunned’ Alex Pereira accepted championship rematch at UFC 303

Jiri Prochazka is at all times ready.

That mindset has turn out to be useful for Prochazka, who has an opportunity to regain the sunshine heavyweight title when he rematches Alex Pereira at UFC 303 in Las Vegas this Saturday. Prochazka misplaced through TKO to Pereira of their first battle in November 2023, however he rebounded with a knockout of Aleksandar Rakic to maintain his place within the contenders’ line.

Although Prochazka and Pereira have been more likely to cross paths someday this 12 months (in accordance with Prochazka, there had been talks for the rematch to happen in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 26 or Aug. 18 in Australia), it got here as a shock to many after they have been introduced as the brand new headliner for UFC 303 following Conor McGregor’s damage withdrawal from the initially scheduled predominant occasion reverse Michael Chandler.

Prochazka himself nonetheless isn’t positive why Pereira agreed to defend the title on quick discover.

“I used to be a bit of bit stunned by that, I can say sure,” Prochazka stated on The MMA Hour. “As a result of I don’t know what was the explanation he stated sure, if it’s cash or one thing else, however communication with me from the UFC, they gave me some higher—I don’t wish to be concrete, however we negotiated about higher cash. So I don’t know the way it was with Alex.”

“However I didn’t know concerning the cash or no matter after I accepted [the fight], so for me this isn’t so essential as a result of the primary level is to get the title and to carry it again to Czech Republic,” Prochazka added.

Prochazka has stored busy for the higher a part of the final decade, preventing 15 occasions since 2016 and shedding simply as soon as throughout that stretch. He defeated Pereira’s mentor Glover Teixeira to win the UFC mild heavyweight title in 2022, however by no means bought the prospect to defend it after a shoulder damage led to him relinquishing the belt.

The 31-year-old is raring to make up for misplaced time and welcomes any short-notice alternative that comes his approach.

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“I imagine in that,” Prochazka stated. “I used to be born like a warrior—not I imagine in that, I’m the warrior and that is nearly when the state of affairs and the issues round you come like that, it’s important to simply say sure. To react to what occurred. As a result of when one thing occurs on the road, it’s essential react proper now. Proper right here, proper now. That’s what I like about quick discover, as a result of it’s important to react proper now, proper right here. Present me your finest proper now. That’s all.”

The one setback Prochazka has seen within the cage lately got here by the hands of Pereira after they fought at UFC 295. Pereira gained a vacant title after hurting Prochazka with strikes late within the second spherical, however there was some controversy across the stoppage because it was unclear how shut Prochazka was to really being completed.

Requested if Saturday’s predominant occasion is his probability for revenge, Prochazka supplied a semantic counter.

“Not simply an opportunity,” Prochazka stated. “I’ll win the battle. I’ll win the battle and I imagine in that and I’ll try this, that’s all. I can’t step right into a battle the place I don’t imagine in that, in myself. I already settle for that I’ll do every part and proper now could be the good probability to point out that.”

Prochazka has turn into as well-known for his stoic persona as he has his thrilling battles, with little identified about his life exterior of preventing. When Prochazka posts to social media, it’s typically about his unorthodox coaching and preparation.

The sunshine heavyweight contender assures followers that he’s a rounded human being, however so long as he’s competing, he has a sole focus, one which has enriched his life as a complete.

“I simply settle for this life-style and I promise to myself I’ll do every part to attain the mastery,” Prochazka stated. “To be the grasp of my discipline and that’s one thing that’s in my thoughts. That’s me, that’s my soul, that’s my life-style, in order that’s why I’m doing that. That’s why I’ve to get up within the morning and go run after which meditate, as a result of if you actually realize-and that’s the sport changer in my life—if you notice you’re only a consciousness and the way clear is that consciousness, this high quality of the consciousness would be the high quality of your life. Then, if you notice this, you’ll begin to eat cleaner, to talk cleaner, to have extra good relationships with your pals, with a girlfriend, with your loved ones, and you’ll simply naturally begin to be an excellent person-not begin to be an excellent particular person, all people’s an excellent particular person. Simply typically we don’t see that as a result of all people, we’ve got that good inside ourselves.

“That’s why I’ve no opponent on this world as a result of it’s just one opponent in there, it’s right here, and that’s my ego. That’s one thing that’s nonetheless maintaining the passivity for what we wish, we don’t wish to try this, however when you settle for the way in which of the warrior, not simply to be the fighter however inside warrior, to battle your weaknesses, then every part modifications.”

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