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Jiri Prochazko is ready to return to the UFC title fight with Alex Pereira in June: “I’ll go for it”


After some notable knockouts at UFC 300, Jiri Prochazka and Alex Pereira appear to be on a collision course once again.

In November, “Poatan” knocked out Prochazka in the second round of his MSG headliner to win the vacant light heavyweight title. Pereira has since successfully defended his crown with a stellar first-round knockout of Jamahal Hill, while “BJP” knocked out Aleksandar Rakic ​​with a wild rear-end kick in the marquee event's prelims.

Jiri Prochazka

Those victories appear to have put Pereira and Prochazka on a path that will lead them back to each other for a summer showdown.

Speaking to James Lynch on behalf of Bodog Canada, Prochaska said he hasn't heard anything from the promotion about a potential title shot, but he would be ready to go as early as June if the UFC decides to book a rematch.

“I didn’t hear anything,” Prochaska said. “I just said what I said in the cage after the fight – I want to be the next contender for the title and that’s my opinion. Now it all depends on the UFC when they want to make this fight because I believe in my victory and I will show that I can take this belt and win the fight with Alex Pereira.

“I'm waiting for the decision of the upcoming fight and I still don't know who it will be, Alex or someone else, but I believe that the world wants to see it. The world wants to see this fight and I know I have the right weapons to beat Alex Pereira.” (c/t MMA Mania)

Jiri Prochazka and Alex PereiraJiri Prochazka and Alex Pereira

Alex Pereira would rather have a rematch with Jiri Prochazka than wait for Magomed Ankalaev

Initially, it seemed that Pereira's next fight would be against outstanding Russian fighter Magomed Ankalaev.

Magomed AnkalaevMagomed Ankalaev

However, the Dagestani would prefer to wait until October, when the UFC holds its annual pit stop in Abu Dhabi. Poatan is not interested in waiting that long, making Jiri Prochazka a prime target for his next title defense.

“The ideal time for me now is two to three weeks to take some time off,” Prochaska added. “Get inspired. And right now I know what to do in preparation for the next (fight), especially the fight with Alex. But my manager has to confirm this. I'm thinking about August. July, August or something like that. October, perhaps. Doesn't matter. It doesn't matter to me.

“If they want me to fight as soon as possible, I will do it. I'll go for it. If (UFC 303 in June) Alex takes part, I'll do it. I'll go for it.”


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