UFC light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka is in final preparations for his highly-anticipated rematch with former titleholder Glover Teixeira.
The two fighters will run back their instant classic from UFC 275. That night, Jiri Prochazka captured UFC gold after a brutal back-and-forth contest that saw both warriors come within earshot of a victory. In the end, Prochazka would leave Singapore as the victor by way of a rear-naked choke with only 28-seconds left on the clock.
Speaking with Marc Raimondi of ESPN, Jiri Prochazka is content with leaving the memory of his first bout with Glover Teixeira behind. While the contest was immediately considered a Fight of the Year contender amongst fans, Prochazka does not believe it represents what he can do inside the Octagon.
“I showed my best in that attitude in which I had. That’s the last thing what I can say about that because in Singapore… I don’t want to talk about Singapore because Singapore was Singapore. Now I’m focused for Las Vegas. For the 10th of December and to show my best performance. That’s all.
“I learned from the first fight I have to do much better. My wrestling and jiu-jitsu, it’s everything. It’s about mindset. It’s about the mindset and which mindset you have when you go to the fight. That’s all about that because when you are ready to die to show your best like a last thing in your life, you will and that’s all.”
Jiri Prochazka on His Unique Preparation for UFC 282
Since his last outing, Jiri Prochazka has garnered a lot of attention for his rather unique methods of training. An image shared on the champion’s Instagram weeks back showed Prochazka in a small dark room where he remained for three days. Asked about the purpose behind locking himself away from the rest of the world as part of his training regimen, Prochazka said:
“I don’t like to talk about that a lot because it’s my personal stuff, but one thing. It’s about searching your inner power. Inner power in quiet places and where you can take the power from your mind, from the concentration, and show it in the cage.
“I did that many times. It’s part of training.”