UFC 282: Why Did Light Heavyweight Champion Jiri Prochazka Vacate His Title?
UFC 282: Jiri Prochazka injury: Jiri Prochazka will no longer be the UFC light heavyweight champion. Much to the dismay of Czech…
UFC 282: Jiri Prochazka injury: Jiri Prochazka will no longer be the UFC light heavyweight champion. Much to the dismay of Czech fans, Prochazka not only pulled out of his UFC 282 main event bout against Glover Teixeira, but also vacated his title. So what pushed ‘JP’ to do this? Follow UFC 282 LIVE Streaming updates with InsideSport.IN.
Jiri Prochazka was looking forward to his first title defense against former champion Teixeira. And what promised to be a great fight is no longer happening after Prochazka suffered a horrible injury. The Czech fighter has since put out a statement about the incident.
UFC 282: Why Did Lightheavy Weight Champion Jiri Prochazka Vacate His Title?
Prochazka took to Instagram to announce he was not taking part in UFC 282 and expressed his disappointment. He also added, “I injured my shoulder and surgery is required, which will put me out of action for at least 6 months.”
“Knowing this information, I have decided, after consulting with UFC management, that due to this time constraint, I will not hold lightheavyweight division and will vacate the title.”
Therefore, this news confirmed that Prochazka would be out of action for a while. However, fans will respect the fact that he did not hold the division up.
UFC news: Jiri Prochazka vows to come back for the belt after pulling out of UFC 282
Despite the injury and having to vacate his title, Prochazka remained upbeat about the situation. He posted another video to his Instagram account, apologizing to Teixeira and congratulating Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev on their title shot.
However, Prochazka added that he would come straight back for the title after he recovered and that he is chasing something more than just the UFC title. While fans can interpret this how they like, it is clear that Prochazka will be back to claim his belt as soon as he can.
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Despite this, it is disappointing for Prochazka and for fans. One of the most exciting fighters in the division had to vacate his title because of an unfortunate injury. Only time will tell if Prochazka will return as the same fighter.
What do you make of Jiri Prochazka vacating his belt and pulling out of UFC 282? Do you think he will claim it back?
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