Jiri Prochazka empathizes with Jamahal Hill’s situation, yet his focus is unwavering – he is firmly targeting the UFC light heavyweight title that has been vacated once again.
The upheaval in the division took root last December when a shoulder injury sidelined Prochazka from defending his title against Glover Teixeira at UFC 282, compelling him to relinquish the title. Hill, on his part, seized the opportunity by outclassing Teixeira at UFC 283 to win the title. However, Hill disclosed on Thursday that a ruptured Achilles tendon was forcing him to give up the title.
Prochazka, who is currently preparing for his comeback in the octagon, responded to this development on social media.
“Jamahal, I feel your pain,” he wrote. “I was really anticipating our bout. I value your decision to let go of the title. It takes someone who has been in this predicament to truly understand such a decision. So, what’s next? Am I pitted against the winner of Blachowicz vs. Pereira? Or am I the champion?”
In June 2022, Prochazka had won the title in a gripping fifth round against Teixeira at UFC 275, enhancing his UFC record to 3-0 and continuing his remarkable winning streak to a total of 13 victories.
UPDATE: Hill addressed Prochazka’s comments on Friday morning, expressing his desire to schedule a future fight when he returns to the octagon.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC light heavyweight title
Q: What happened with Jiri Prochazka and Jamahal Hill in the UFC light heavyweight division?
A: Jiri Prochazka had to vacate the light heavyweight title due to a shoulder injury, and Jamahal Hill won the title but had to vacate it later due to a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Q: What is Jiri Prochazka’s plan now?
A: Jiri Prochazka is focused on reclaiming the UFC light heavyweight title and is eyeing a potential matchup against the winner of Blachowicz vs. Pereira.
Q: How did Jiri Prochazka initially win the light heavyweight title?
A: Jiri Prochazka won the title by submitting Glover Teixeira in the fifth round of their title bout at UFC 275 in June 2022.
Q: When will the former UFC champions Blachowicz and Alex Pereira compete?
A: Blachowicz and Alex Pereira are scheduled to fight in the UFC 291 co-main event on July 29.
Q: Is Jamahal Hill interested in a future fight with Jiri Prochazka?
A: Yes, Jamahal Hill responded to Prochazka’s comments and expressed his willingness to book a future matchup when he returns to the octagon.