On Saturday night in Singapore, Jiri Prochazka did what he said he would do – he defeated Glover Teixeira to capture the UFC light heavyweight championship.
The Czech star had to overcome some real adversity in pretty much every round of the fight and even in the fifth, it seemed as if the Brazilian was close to knocking ‘BJP’ out before Prochazka was able to rally and eventually secure an unlikely submission triumph.
The win opens up the door to some incredible possibilities at 205 pounds and, in addition to that, also gives Jiri an even greater chance of becoming a household name known around the world in mixed martial arts.
The 29-year-old is thriving inside the Octagon and the same is true of what he’s doing out of it, with one such example of that being his association with Paradigm Sports.
Another man who is part of that team is none other than Conor McGregor and in a recent series of tweets, the Irishman had nothing but nice things to say about Prochazka and his rise to the top.
“Big fight night for the Czech Republic! The @ufc ! World f***ing domination!”
“Paradigm’s Sports NEWEST! And the Czech Republic’s FIRST! UFC World Champion! The indomitable samurai, @jiri_bjp ! What a fight! What a performance! Huge congrats. @ParadigmSports”
Who will he fight next?
The next step for Prochazka will be for him to capitalise on the momentum he’s built for himself, which should lead to the champion fighting more than once a year, which is what he’s been averaging since joining the UFC.
Many fans and pundits alike can’t help but call for an immediate rematch with Glover Teixeira as a result of their main event battle turning into an instant classic. However, Jiri appears to be leaning towards a showdown with Jan Blachowicz, who is also waiting for his chance to reclaim the belt he lost.
There are a couple of options on the table but with this being the third light heavyweight title change since Jon Jones vacated the strap, the most important thing for Prochazka is going to be consistency.