Daniel Cormier Breaks Down UFC 295 Main Event: ‘He Just Damages You’

Daniel Cormier believes Jiri Prochazka's extended layoff could be a negative factor in his upcoming fight against Alex Pereira.

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Daniel Cormier (Left) and the UFC 295 event poster (Right)(Images via Instagram @DC_MMA and @UFC)

Daniel Cormier provided his detailed breakdown for the UFC 295 main event. 

On Saturday, November 11, the UFC will hold a pay-per-view event inside the legendary Madison Square Garden, with two world title fights ending the night.

In the main event, the vacant light heavyweight strap is up for grabs as Jiri Prochazka and Alex Pereira go toe-to-toe. 

During the latest episode of DC & RC, Daniel Cormier shared his in-depth analysis of the intriguing matchup. The former two-division UFC champion started by saying this about Prochazka needing to be careful of Pereira’s power:

“When I think about this fight, it’s crazy that I would talk about Jiri Prochazka and say that he has to be careful when he’s navigating the striking because I think Alex Pereira at 205 is so strong that he just damages you. He damages you with those short little leg kicks that he throws where he never loads up. He damages you with the punches.”

Daniel Cormier followed up by explaining what makes Jiri Prochazka a dangerous fighter for anyone at 205 pounds: 

“When I look at Jiri Prochazka, he’s so unpredictable…This guy lives the samurai lifestyle. He is as traditional a martial artist as you really will encounter. But, in the way that he approaches the fight, he’s much different. He is not as traditional. He is more of a unique type of challenge for anyone.”

Cormier continued by saying this about Prochazka’s unpredictability being an important tool he utilizes inside the Octagon: 

“When those guys are that free in the Octagon, they are scary. Jiri Prochazka is free. He’s free to try anything because he doesn’t fear the risk or the result. He does not fear the consequence of what he’s doing that are so so dangerous.”

Daniel Cormier believes Jiri Prochazka’s UFC 295 performance could be negatively affected by his extended layoff

Jiri Prochazka last fought in June 2022, when he defeated Glover Teixeira for the UFC light heavyweight title. While preparing for their immediate rematch, Prochazka suffered a severe shoulder injury that Dana White said the UFC doctor referred to as “the worst he’s ever seen.”

During the previously mentioned episode of DC&RC, Daniel Cormier had this to say about why Prochazka could experience ring rust at UFC 295 due to his extended layoff:

“I believe for a guy like Jiri, he has not been here long. So, for him to have been the UFC champion in such a short period of time tells you how special of a talent he is. But, with him winning as he did, it was a lot of frequency that he was in the Octagon. I believe that consistency helped him to where he was able to get that UFC championship belt. I think that this layoff is going to hurt him.”

Meanwhile, Alex Pereira has evolved into a massive superstar over the last year and a half. While Jiri Prochazka was recovering from his injury, Pereira fought four times, including two world title bouts against Israel Adesanya. 

Pereira is coming off a statement win in July of this year when he won his UFC light heavyweight debut by split decision against Jan Blachowicz.

Watch the latest episode of DC &RC below:

Published on November 8, 2023 at 1:41 am
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