Jiri Prochazka made headlines long before entering the UFC octagon, with his unorthodox style and unconventional arsenal of strikes creating fireworks long before entering it. His rise to fame started with knockout victories over Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes before meeting Glover Teixeira in 2022 where his true potential emerged with a stunning submission victory that earned ‘Fight of the Night’ honors against an expert Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioner.
Due to a serious shoulder injury, Prochazka was forced to pull out of their rematch and has since been out while recovering from it. That’s set to change this Saturday at Madison Square Garden as Prochazka takes on Alex Pereira for Jamaal Hill’s vacant light heavyweight title which was recently vacated.
Prochazka stands out among both fighters for his striking prowess. The Czech is known as an aggressive puncher who can deliver blows from any direction with devastating accuracy; often surprising opponents with his range. Unfortunately, however, that leaves him vulnerable against powerful strikers like Pereira who can hit from any angle with devastating left hooks.
Pereira, on the other hand, was previously champion of both GLORY Kickboxing’s middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. He twice beat Israel Adesanya in kickboxing matches before challenging Prochazka for their vacant title and emerging victorious.
Pereira must use his footwork and distance control to keep Prochazka at bay, something which may prove challenging given Prochazka’s propensity for playing “possum” and tempting opponents into an exchange along the fence. While Prochazka might try offensive wrestling tactics at some point during this fight, that won’t necessarily prove successful for Pereira in the end.
We are currently in the midst of learning something new about MMA from Alex Pereira. With just 11 bouts under his belt, Pereira has the potential to become the 9th two-division champion in history. We’re about to witness something even more bizarre than when he emerged victorious in his 8th battle as the middleweight champion. And Pereira’s one great skill, bobbing people in the head, allows him to flout these restrictions.
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Jiri Prochazka vs Alex Pereira Fight Information
- Date: 11/11/2023
- Time: 11:15 PM ET
- Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City.
- How to Watch Jiri Prochazka vs Alex Pereira: ESPN+
- Live Stream: BT Sport.com