Ex-champ Jiri Prochazka eyes showdowns with Khamzat Chimaev and Jon Jones post UFC 295.



Ex-champ Jiri Prochazka eyes showdowns with Khamzat Chimaev and Jon Jones post UFC 295.

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Jiri Prochazka is making a resounding statement. Prochazka is primed for a comeback, set to face Alex Pereira for the vacant UFC light heavyweight championship at UFC 295. It marks the initial step on Prochazka’s quest to demonstrate his superiority over the likes of Jon Jones, Khamzat Chimaev, and the entire array of fighters in the world.

Returning to the ring after an 11-month hiatus due to injury, Prochazka is fired up to assert his prowess. The UFC 295 poster features him alongside reigning heavyweight champion Jones, widely regarded as one of the best light heavyweight champions in history. Prochazka cherishes the opportunity to share the limelight with Jones, an idol and a prospective opponent in his eyes.

“I’m honored, as I don’t see him as an immediate challenge or a near-future opponent,” Prochazka commented. “Perhaps down the line, maybe at heavyweight. Who knows? My future is uncertain, but I am certain about one thing—I want to compete against the best. If he’s the best, maybe in the future we’ll cross paths.”

“Right now, it’s a privilege to share the card and fight on the same night and event. I’m genuinely happy about it because I have immense respect for him. His style was my inspiration around 2012 and 2013.”

In the world of training, an unspoken rule exists—what occurs in the gym stays in the gym. The gym holds numerous secrets: game plans, performance levels, and health status. Yet, sparring and actual fights remain distinct entities. While sparring offers valuable insights, it isn’t undeniable proof of how a fight will unfold. Earlier this year, Chimaev, who is slated to battle Kamaru Usman at UFC 294, boasted about besting Prochazka “many times” during training circa 2019. Prochazka disapproved of Chimaev’s divulgence of inside information and welcomed a showdown with the burgeoning middleweight contender.

“Words can be said, but it’s not appropriate to discuss such matters since it pertains to preparation and training,” Prozachka conveyed to CBS Sports. “What’s in the past is in the past. I’m prepared to face anyone. Weight class is irrelevant. My aim is to train and challenge competitors across light heavyweight, heavyweight, and middleweight divisions. I’ve reached a point where I don’t wish to pick my opponents. I simply aspire to be the best.”




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