UFC light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka has been borderline harassed by USADA, being tested more than three times as much as any other fighter on the roster throughout 2022.
As reported by TSN Sports’ Aaron Bronsteter on Twitter, the United States Anti-Doping Agency tested Prochazka 51 times in 2022 with a staggering 24 of those coming in the last month.
“Based on data from USADA’s athlete test history, Jiri Prochazka has submitted 24 samples for drug testing in the past month (and 27 total in Q3 of 2022),” tweeted Bronsteter. “This is a massive anomaly as the next most is 7 samples submitted. USADA confirmed to me that the number is accurate.”
Athletes who have submitted the most samples in 2022:
J. Prochazka 51
M. Kape 15
K. Usman 15
M. Cirkunov 14
N. Magny 14
R. Namajunas 13
H. Cejudo 12
P. Costa 12
J. Masvidal 12
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) October 26, 2022
The next closest to Prochazka on the list are flyweight Manel Kape and former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman who have both been tested 15 times this year.
Jiri Prochazka Will Run It Back With Glover Teixeira at UFC 282
Capturing the UFC light heavyweight title in a Fight of the Year contender with former titleholder Glover Teixeira, the two warriors will run it back at UFC 282 on December 10th.
Jiri Prochazka scored a last-minute rear-naked choke with just 28-seconds remaining in the back-and-forth bout. Following the contest, ‘Denisa’ shared his disappointment, not with the win, but with the performance he gave.
“No, it was from my side, it was a horrible fight, a horrible performance,” Prochazka said during the UFC 275 post-fight press conference. “Honestly. Honestly. You saw that fight. In some moments, I just survived some moments, yeah? And my plan. Not plan, f—k. My life’s plan is to be dominant in the fight and not just be a survivor in there.”
Jiri Prochazka will get the chance to give fans the performance he intended to deliver at UFC 275 while Teixeira attempts to climb back to the top of the mountain and once again become the promotion’s oldest world champion.