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Jiri Prochazka of the Czech Republic faces off against Alex Pereira of Brazil in the UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 295 event at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
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Jiří Procházka Career Highlights

Look Back At Former Light Heavyweight Champion Jiří Procházka’s Journey To UFC 303

Czech standout Jiří Procházka had a quick rise to the top of the UFC light heavyweight division, claiming the title as champion in his third UFC fight. 

He has been a part of some unforgettable moments inside the Octagon. Learn more about Procházka’s career highlights and his journey to UFC gold. 

Career Highlights 

  • Jiří Procházka made his UFC debut on July 12, 2020, against Volkan Oezdemir. He won by knockout in the second round and earned a Performance of the Night bonus. 
Jiri Prochazka of the Czech Republic poses for a portrait after his victory during the UFC 300 event at T-Mobile Arena on April 13, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)
Jiri Prochazka of the Czech Republic poses for a portrait after his victory during the UFC 300 event at T-Mobile Arena on April 13, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)

  • Procházka became the first UFC champion from the Czech Republic when he defeated Glover Teixeira by rear naked choke at UFC 275 on June 12, 2022. His fight against Teixeira won the 2022 Fight of the Year. 
  • He has won Performance of the Night or Fight of the Night bonuses in four out of his five UFC bouts. 

Standout Fights 

UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs Procházka (May 1, 2021)

If you didn’t know Jiří Procházka before this fight, you certainly did after his spinning back elbow put Dominick Reyes out cold in the second round. Procházka earned Performance of the Night and Fight of the Night honors for this win. 

Jiri Prochazka of the Czech Republic knocks out Dominick Reyes in a light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 01, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
Jiri Prochazka of the Czech Republic knocks out Dominick Reyes in a light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 01, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

It was an action packed bout up until the knockout, as the two light heavyweights threw their heavy hands in the first round, each taking some damage. That momentum carried into the second round as they continued to battle. Midway through, Reyes hurt Procházka, but after he was able to escape a takedown attempt and throw some ground strikes, he threw the spinning back elbow and that left Procházka the clear winner. 

UFC 275: Teixeira vs Procházka (June 12, 2022) 

In just three UFC fights, Procházka became the light heavyweight champion of the world by defeating Glover Teixeira by rear naked choke in the fifth and final round. 

Full Fight | Jiří Procházka vs Glover Teixeira
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Full Fight | Jiří Procházka vs Glover Teixeira
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The fight was stopped with 28 seconds left in the fight, and heading into the fourth round, Teixeira led on two of the scorecards, 39-37 and 38-37, with the other scorecard reading 38-38. This fight won Fight of the Year in 2022 and many believe it will one day earn a spot in the Hall of Fame. 

Jiří Procházka’s UFC Record 

UFC 300 (4/13/24) Prochazka stopped Aleksandar Rakic via strikes at 3:17 of the second round

UFC 295 (11/11/23) Prochazka was stopped by Alex Pereira via strikes at 4:08 of the second round in a bout for the vacant UFC light heavyweight title

UFC 275 (6/12/22) Prochazka submitted Glover Teixeira via rear naked choke at 4:32 of the fifth round to win the UFC light heavyweight title. Vacated title due to injury

UFC on ESPN (5/1/21) Prochazka knocked out Dominick Reyes at 4:29 of the second round

UFC 251 (7/11/20) Prochazka knocked out Volkan Oezdemir at :49 of the second round

 Jiri Prochazka of the Czech Republic faces off against Alex Pereira of Brazil in the UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 295 event at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Jiri Prochazka of the Czech Republic faces off against Alex Pereira of Brazil in the UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 295 event at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Rapid Q&A

What is Jiří Procházka’s record?

  • 30-4-1

What is Jiří Procházka’s age?

  • 31 years old 

How tall is Jiří Procházka?

  • 6’3’’

What is Jiří Procházka’s reach?

  • 80’

Where is Jiří Procházka from?

  • Jiří Procházka was born in Hostěradice, Czech Republic and is fighting out of Brno, Czech Republic. 

What weight division is Jiří Procházka in?

  • Jiří Procházka is in the light heavyweight division and is the former light heavyweight champion.

UFC 303: Pereira vs. Procházka 2

UFC 303: Pereira vs Procházka 2 took place live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 29, 2024. See the Final Prelim & Main Card Results, Official Scorecards and Who Won Bonuses - and relive the action on UFC Fight Pass!