In a clash of titans at the iconic Madison Square Garden, Jiri Prochazka and Alex Pereira collided in an epic battle for the vacant UFC light heavyweight championship. ‘BJP,’ known for his aggressive style, immediately seized the initiative, putting pressure on ‘Poatan’ from the start. However, Pereira, with his renowned leg kicks, gradually disrupted Prochazka’s rhythm, slowing down his movement and taking control of the fight.
The second round saw a surge of action, with both fighters exchanging heavy blows. Prochazka, undeterred, continued to press forward, but Pereira landed his signature left hook, sending the Former Champion crashing to the canvas. Sensing victory, Alex Pereira unleashed a flurry of punches, prompting the referee to step in and halt the fight.
Translate: “I could turn it around. Referee ended it too early but I didn’t want to roast him immediatelly” – in other words even Jiri thinks it was early but he wanted to be nice and didn’t want fans to be mad at referee. Hes a class act.
The stoppage sparked controversy, with commentators Joe Rogan, Daniel Cormier, and Jon Anik expressing their disapproval. However, in a surprising twist, Jiri Prochazka, during his post-fight interview with Rogan, acknowledged the referee’s decision, suggesting that the intervention was necessary to protect both fighters.
However, it seems like Prochazka did not paint the right picture at that time, as he has now revealed that he did not want to blame the referee then and thereafter his fight to avoid controversy. “I could turn it around. The referee ended it too early, but I didn’t want to roast him immediately, said Jiri Prochazka.
His comments only add fire to the ongoing controversy around the stoppage and the criticism directed towards the referee, Marc Goddard. Fans are appreciating this mature move by the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.
Jiri Prochazka had initially defended the referee’s decision
In a stunning turn of events, Jiri Prochazka has gracefully accepted his controversial technical knockout loss to Alex Pereira at UFC 295, despite widespread criticism of the early stoppage. The fight, which took place on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, saw both fighters trade heavy blows in an electrifying second round.
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However, with just 50 seconds remaining in the round, referee Marc Goddard intervened to stop the fight, declaring Alex Pereira the winner. The stoppage sparked immediate debate, with many fans and pundits questioning whether it was premature. Prochazka himself, initially stunned by the decision, quickly regained his composure and acknowledged Pereira’s victory.
“I think it was right. I was out, but I will never stop. I want to work on it and come back stronger than ever. I’ll be back,” said Jiri Prochazka of the referee’s decision at the main event of UFC 295. However, ‘The Czech Samurai’ has now taken a complete U-turn on his comments.