UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz has said a possible showdown with Jiří Procházka is due to take place in Europe.
The duo, who hail from neighboring European nations of Poland and Czechia respectively, seem almost destined to fight if Blachowicz defends his title against Glover Teixeira at UFC 267. And they could even go head-to-head then, with Procházka serving as a substitute. for the Battle island main event taking place on October 30.
Whenever this is destined to happen, a showdown between whoever wields “legendary Polish power” and “Czech samurai” Procházka is one of the most coveted by fans. And it would be a clash between two fighters who took very different paths to reach the top of the UFC light heavyweight division.
In 2020, Blachowicz became the second oldest UFC champion by winning the belt against Dominick Reyes. It was the 37-year-old’s sixteenth fight in the UFC, some six years after his promotional debut.
Procházka, on the other hand, is set to win the title after just two fights in the UFC. The 28-year-old not only wowed fans with his spectacular knockouts of Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes, but also with his unorthodox style and endearing personality.
Blachowicz shares thoughts on Procházka’s rise to power and possible game
Blachowicz has certainly paid attention to Procházka’s meteoric rise, and it looks like he is looking forward to a possible clash with the Czech. Speaking to MMA Fighting, Blachowicz shared his thoughts on Jiří’s run in the UFC so far.
“Yes, good race for him. He’s a crazy fighter but in a good way. Crazy, wild style, but he knows how to use it. But I think I’m gonna fight Glover [Teixeira], and maybe in the future with Jiri I will fight, but somewhere in Europe. If I have to fight with Jiri, we have to do it in Poland or somewhere in Europe. Because all of Europe would love to come and watch this fight live, ”said Blachowicz.
The champion, however, said he was not looking past Glover Teixeira.
“But first of all, I have to beat Glover, I focus on him, and I hope nothing changes because when I beat Glover, maybe my next opponent will be Jiri. But this fight (must) not happen. in Abu Dhabi, not in the United States, in Europe, ”said Blachowicz.
What do you think? Will we likely see Blachowicz vs. Procházka in 2022?