- Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Jiri Prochazka, has only three losses in his MMA career.
- However, only one fighter has managed to knock him out so far.
Jiri Prochazka is considered to be one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC. Furthermore, with just three fights in the company, he has developed a very loyal fan base. The Czech fighter is known for his reckless style of fighting in the cage. However, this very style got Prochazka knocked out eight years ago.
Before joining the UFC, Jiri was a part of the Japanese promotion, Rizin. Out of his 12 fights in the promotion, he won 11 and lost one fight via a brutal KO. On December 31, 2015, Prochazka competed against MMA veteran, Muhammed Lawal in the Rizin World Grand Prix. During the match, Jiri can be seen walking towards ‘King Mo’ with his hands very low.
The last time Jiri Prochazka lost was 8 years ago where he got badly knocked out by King Mo pic.twitter.com/MqdMfwRGTo
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Initially, Jiri Prochazka was taken down by ‘King Mo’. However, as soon as Jiri got up he started rushing towards Lawal with zero defense and got caught with a strong right punch. Furthermore, Jiri got knocked out face-first with that punch. To this day, this is his only KO loss in MMA.
Jiri has not lost a single fight since this match for eight years. However, after seeing this clip, many fans believe that if Jiri makes the same mistake against Alex Pereira, he could get knocked out again for the first time in eight years.
What happened to Jiri Prochazka’s opponent after the KO win?
After his epic victory against Prochazka, Muhammed Lawal wasn’t able to generate a constant winning streak. He went 2-4 in his next six fights with victories over Rampage Jackson and Satoshi Ishii. On April 21, 2019 ‘King Mo’ had his rematch against Jiri Prochazka. Furthermore, he got his revenge in 2019 when he TKO’ed ‘King Mo’ at Rizin 15 to win the inaugural Rizin Light Heavyweight Championship.
After this loss, Lawal competed in his last-ever MMA fight at Bellator 233 on November 8, 2019. However, he lost the fight against Andrew Kapel and retired with a record of 21-10-1. According to him, the reason for his retirement was a lack of motion in his hips and knees due to multiple injuries.
Throughout his career, he won the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight and Rizin Heavyweight Grand Prix championships. After his retirement, he went on to pursue a career in professional wrestling by signing with Major League Wrestling (MLW). His latest wrestling match took place on November 11, 2021. He competed in a 12-man tag team match.
On the other hand, Jiri Prochazka continued his winning streak after beating ‘King Mo’. He is now set to face Alex Pereria for the UFC light heavyweight championship at UFC 295.