Jiri Prochazka explains how one “small mistake” led to his KO loss to Alex Pereira: “Until that moment, I handled that fight”

By Harry Kettle - March 25, 2024

Jiri Prochazka has given his thoughts on how he performed in his championship defeat to Alex Pereira at UFC 295.

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Last November, Alex Pereira finished Jiri Prochazka to become the new UFC light heavyweight champion. It came following an electric back-and-forth affair between the two, but in the end, it was ‘Poatan’ who had his hand raised in victory.

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Some felt as if it was an early stoppage, but Prochazka himself admitted that he thought it was right for the referee to step in. Now, at UFC 300, he’ll make his return to the Octagon when he collides with Aleksandar Rakic.

Ahead of that meeting, Prochazka decided to take a look back at his loss to Pereira during a recent interview.

Prochazka’s view

“I have to keep all the fight in my hands, every detail,” Prochazka told Inside Fighting in a new interview. “Every detail, every small step in the cage, everything. Because until that [KO] moment, I handled that fight. It was my mistake, it was small mistake, but in this game, there is no place for these small mistakes. So that’s why I’m making the steps up in these small things: to be the best.”

Jiri went on to give his prediction for the UFC 300 main event between Pereira and Jamahal Hill.

“More weapons in that fight I feel like there is on Jamahal Hill’s side,” he said. “Jamahal Hill will have the better chances at the start of the fight. When the fight will continue, there is more chance, like I’ve seen, for Pereira. But we’ll see, let the better win.”

Quotes via MMA Mania

How do you believe a rematch between Alex Pereira and Jiri Prochazka would go? Do you feel as if both will come out on top in their UFC 300 bouts? Let us know, BJPENN Nation!

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