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On June 12 at UFC 275, Czech fighter Jiri Prochazka will try to remove the belt from Brazilian master BJJ Glover Teixeira. A lover of Japanese culture and lightweight champion Rizin reached the title race in just two years. On July 11, 2020, Prohazka knocked out Volkan Ozdemir and on May 1, 2021, he broke the face of Dominic Reyes with his elbow with a back fist. Jiří Prochazka, nicknamed “Denisa”, is in an impressive streak of 12 wins (11 finishes) and is preparing to take the belt from Glover Teixeira. In this article, we will talk about the difficult journey of the Czech puncher, how he prepares for matches and why Jiri loves Japan so much.

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Jiri Prochazka

Jiri Prochazka was born on October 14, 1992 in the town of Znojmo in Czechoslovakia. Already at the age of six, the boy lost his father, which greatly influenced his worldview. Jiri started playing sports to somehow stifle the pain of losing a loved one. During his school years, Jiri played football well, enjoyed swimming and even competed in floor races. However, even this guy was not enough. Prochazka attended karate, judo and wrestling training. The Czech saw all his pleasures “close to football” and regularly participated in mass quarrels after matches.

However, after moving to Brno, he left the profession. After all, one of these battles almost ended in prison.

“I once received a suspended sentence. I took revenge on a friend in a fight and seriously injured my opponent. There have been many street fights in my life, but they never made it to court. “I have walked on the edge of the knife in some battles, but I do not really want to talk about it.”

Jiri Prochazka

After moving to Brno, Jiri began attending the local gym and practicing Muay Thai. “Denis” studied at the academy, which trained firefighters, rescuers and police officers. In the academy, hand-to-hand combat was mandatory, but Jiri was also actively trained in judo and Greco-Roman wrestling. But most of all, the young man liked to do Thai boxing. Prochazka’s progress was so rapid that in a few years he became Czech champion in Muay Thai. On April 7, 2012, the Czech made his debut in the country’s main promotion – Gladiator Fight Championship. The first fight for Jiri was successful, he repulsed Stanislav Futera in the first minute. Prochazka won the first four races without any problems.

However, on December 9, 2012, Denisa lost to Serbian athlete Bojan Velickovic, who later also competed in the UFC. From the first eight fights according to MMA rules, Jiri lost twice, but then scored a series of eight wins in a row. Along the way, Prochaska won the GFC Lightweight Championship belt. In 2015, Prochazka signed a contract with the big Japanese promotion Rizin and immediately entered the Grand Prix. In three days, Jiri fought three times, but lost by knockout to Mohamed Laval in the final. December 31, 2015 – the date of Prochazka’s last defeat in his MMA career.

Jiri Prochazka

Jiri Prochazka

Since the beginning of 2016, Dennis has not lost. From 2016 to 2019, Jiri had a seven-game winning streak, with Prochazka finishing six times in the first round. On April 21, 2019, the Czech puncher had the opportunity to equalize with Muhammed Laval in the title match Rizin. Prohaska beat the American and knocked out his opponent in the third round. After that, Jiri fought two more times in Japan and defended the belt once.

On December 31, 2019, the Czech last appeared on Rizin. Bellator champion Ryan Bader challenged Prochaska, but Dana White was faster. The UFC agreed to a contract with Denisa in a few weeks, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jiri made his debut in the best MMA championship in the world only in July 2020. Prochazka was immediately removed from the top 7 light heavyweight team by Volkan Ozdemir. It took Jiri almost 10 minutes to knock out the Swiss. On May 1, 2021, Prochazka knocked out Reyes with an elegant elbow in the back, having the chance for the title. It is worth mentioning that at UFC 267, Jiri was the insurer for the championship match between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira. But he did not need help, but Prochazka established himself as the main contender.

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From 2015 to 2019, Prochazka lived in Japan. Jiri really liked the “Land of the Rising Sun”, so he was immersed in the local culture. The coach gave Denisa the “Book of Five Rings” by 17th century swordsman Miyamoto Musashi from Japan. Jiri was completely immersed in the study of the philosophy of battle. Prochaska honors Bushido’s code. The Czech warrior takes all these books with him to tournaments. In addition to the moral rules, Jiri has adopted something new for himself in terms of training: he can go without food for several days, meditate in the water, hit a tree and improve his impressive technique.

In one of the chapters, Miyamoto Musashi wrote that some teachers trained a beat for 24 hours straight. Prochazka decided to repeat this feat and went to the mountains to sharpen boxing. The Czech warrior took with him only five liters of water, which ran out after twelve hours. However, Prochazka did not give up, but continued his racing marathon, dying of thirst.

“MMA has nothing to do with hitting people. Mixed martial arts are, first of all, an opportunity to learn how to control yourself. When I first started training, I just wanted to fight. “But later I came to the conclusion that you have to constantly evolve and improve and be able to listen to your body.”

Jiri Prochazka

Jiri Prochazka

Jiri Prochazka

Jiri trained for UFC 275 with Jon Jones. He was the former UFC champion who was the main sparring partner of the Czech knockout. Lead the preparations for the battle of Henry Cejudo. Prochazka’s preparation for battle is a separate topic for discussion. For example, when “Denis” trained before the fight with Dominick Reyes, he refused to have a close relationship for two months.

“I exclude sex before the next match. I try to hold on and I do not consider it a kind of sacrifice. My body already knows what to do. My abstinence comes easily. My body in the gym works at a different level. It’s this kind of training that I consider the way to victory “.

Jiri Prochazka

Another interesting feature in Jiri training is hitting a tree. In an interview with MMA Hour, Jiri said he hits trees every day.

“Good training for the body. I think the body should be like a stone. If I learn to go through the opponent’s body with my technique, I will become even more dangerous. I do this exercise daily and give 500 blows to the wood. After that, I hit the bag, and it seems like a very easy job. “If you want to do something incredible, then you have to train like that.”

Jiri Prochazka

Jiri Prochazka

Jiri Prochazka

Prochazka’s food is also special, he tries not to be exhausted with a weight fight and after the fight he goes to his grandmother.

“In off-season, I weigh about 102 kilos. I eat about 4200 calories a day at boot camp and exercise twice a day. I only eat healthy food, but I can afford something fatty and unhealthy, because in organic food I lose a lot of weight. The day before the match I refuse the meat. In the last two days before the race, I usually eat simple saccharides: sweet paste or rice. Immediately after the fight, I go to my grandmother, who is celebrating my arrival with a huge mountain of pancakes.

Jiri Prochazka

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Jiri Prochazka

Jiri Prochazka

  1. At the age of 13 or 14, Jiri, together with his friend, tried on different girls’ clothes and even painted. This is the craziest thing Prochaska has ever done.
  2. My favorite place is the village of Hosteradice in the Czech Republic. Jiri considers this settlement the most important in his life.
  3. Favorite fighter – Fedor Emelianenko.
  4. Favorite fights – Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo (UFC 194), Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader (UFC in FOX 4).
  5. Winning a championship match at Rizin is the most memorable moment of your life. On April 21, 2019, “Denis” knocked out Mohamed Laval and became the champion of the Japanese promotion.
Jiri Prochazka

Jiri Prochazka

When Jiří Prochazka was living in Japan, he suddenly saw the world with different eyes. The Czech fighter saw the world as it is. What Jiri experienced in Japan is called “Awakening”. Thus, Prochaska began his true spiritual path, which led him to the UFC championship match. So far, Jiri’s battle philosophy has been running smoothly. In two races he reached the foot of Olympus in the world of MMA. “Denis” is only 29 years old, but he has already made 32 professional fights in ten years. Even with all his background, Prochazka is a student in the world of mixed martial arts who will soon have to take a serious test from the strict Brazilian BJJ professor Glover Teixeira.

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