A shoulder injury took away Jiri Prochazka’s chance to defend the UFC light heavyweight belt, which he had to relinquish at the end of 2022. But the Czech’s return to the world’s most famous octagon may end up being sooner than expected. the expected.
The former Ultimate champion updated the situation about his injury in an interview with ‘The MMAHour’. The Czech declared that the recovery was going ‘better than expected’ and, by all indications, he will be ready to fight again in mid-2023.
– Everything is going very well. Next week I’m going to Las Vegas to continue rehab and make the process go faster so I can get back as soon as possible. I don’t want it to be too fast, but it’s going better than expected so I’m happy about it.”
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– I think I can come back in July or August, something like that. About six or seven months, something like that. I don’t want to rush things just to get back to fighting. I know this might not be the best thing to do, but I want to make sure my body is 200% and I think it could be around mid-year. Let me work on it so I can come back as soon as possible – completed the Czech.
During the short time he is out of fights, Prochazka saw the light heavyweight belt be without an owner after the draw between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev, and later, see Jamahal Hill beat Glover Teixeira to be the new owner of the belt. Now, with a possible rival for his return, the former champion is excited to try to get the title back.
– I don’t know Jamahal wants to wait until the middle of the year. If he wants it, it will be better for me, because I will be preparing my weapons for him. If he wants to fight me in the near future, I don’t care. Like I said before, I want the light heavyweight division to keep moving, because there are really good guys and Jamahal’s victory was really good for it. I am very happy and waiting for him – he commented.