Jiri Prochazka turned out to be only the third warrior in UFC history to complete a rival with a turning back elbow. However, incidentally, that wasn’t really a move he even polished before Saturday night.
The light heavyweight from the Czech Republic covered off UFC Vegas 25 with an astounding completion that left previous double cross title contender Dominick Reyes face first on the material with perhaps the most fierce knockouts in late history.
Replays showed how Prochazka tossed a clubbing elbow strike that looked by Reyes’ head yet then he followed that with the turning back elbow that wrecked the 31-year-old California local in the second round.
While it was positively a stunning completion, Prochazka uncovered after the battle that he had no designs to toss that turning back elbow, substantially less was he going through hours in the rec center boring that particular blend. All things considered, he just saw the opening and released the strike that put him in the running for the best knockout in 2021.
“That was only the stream,” Prochazka said about his knockout when talking at the UFC Vegas 25 post-battle question and answer session. “That was just the flow and it just comes. That’s why I have this antenna to catch the ideas.”
The recieving wire was his hair that was tied up into a bunch and pointed straightforwardly at the sky as he strolled into the octagon for the fight with Reyes.
Shockingly, Prochazka doesn’t really tally the spinning back elbow as best completion of his whole vocation, yet not on the grounds that this specific knockout will not wind up on his unsurpassed feature reel. All things considered, he focuses to the to and fro fight he imparted to Reyes before the finish of the battle, which implies he wasn’t faultless in triumph.
“No, [it was not my best finish],” Prochazka said. ““There was a much better ending in my career in the fights because I [didn’t have] this fight under control all the time. Because Dominick surprised me many times. That’s for a man like me, that’s not good. I like to be the best in these things. To be the best and when you mean something or somebody is the best, that was not the best really.”
“There was so many chances to end the fight earlier than it was. I don’t want to be in the cage so long. Why? Why to be so long and do this war? Because that’s not mastery. That’s not mastery. I’m looking for the mastery and that wasn’t.”
Prochazka completely plans on rehearsing his specialty after this battle as he tries to improve when he gets back to activity, which he expectations will be with the UFC title on the line.
Before Saturday night, UFC President Dana White indicated that either Prochazka or Reyes would acquire the shot at the victor of the forthcoming session between ruling light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira in September.
Since Prochazka has gotten a second back to back win in the UFC by knockout while taking out another previous title competitor, he accepts that ought to be sufficient to get his spot as the No. 1 competitor at 205 pounds.
“Yes, I think I deserve that fight,” Prochazka said about competing for the title next. “But because my journey in the UFC is so quick and I’m not enjoying that so much like I want. I think yeah, I deserve that title fight.”
Since Blachowicz and Teixeira aren’t planned to battle until September, Prochazka would be perched on the rack for an all-encompassing timeframe in the event that he means on sitting tight for a shot at the hero. That really seems like a smart thought to him as looks to fix the missteps he made in the battle against Reyes. He needs to guarantee he’s prepared to seek the title, yet to accomplish his definitive objective of turning out to be UFC champion.
“Yes, I need time now a little bit to rest and enjoy to be the UFC fighter, to be in this highest league and to use this skill from this fight with Dominick to my training,” Prochazka explained. “To upgrade these mistakes and that takes time. That will take time.”