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Jiri Prochazka apologizes for UFC 282 withdrawal, explains light heavyweight title vacancy

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Jiri Prochazka says he was sorry he had to pull out of UFC 282 and give up his light heavyweight title, but vows to get it back.

On Wednesday, Prochazka (29-3-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) shortly afterwards apologized to fans, the UFC and previously scheduled opponent Glover Teixeira (33-8 MMA, 16-6 UFC) in a written statement on Instagram. asked. There are reports of injuries to his right shoulder.

Prochazka said he is expected to be out for at least six months. Describing the thought process behind his withdrawal, Prochazka indicated that his main goal during a difficult situation was not to hold back the rest of the division.

As a result, Magomed Anklav (17-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Jan Blakowicz (29-9 MMA, 12-6 UFC) face UFC 282 in a vacant title fight.

“I am very disappointed to announce that I will not be defending my title at @ufc 282. I was injured in training in Las Vegas while completing my preparations to defend my title in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. I injured my shoulder and need surgery which will take me out of action for at least 6 months. Upon learning this information, after consulting with UFC management, I have decided that this time is expiring. Therefore, I will not keep the light heavyweight division and give up the title. I’m going for the UFC belt as soon as the doctors give me the green light to fight. I’m going for the belt and I’m going to get it no matter what. It doesn’t matter who currently has it. For me, the most important thing has always been to do the best and compare myself to the best. Let the best show happen, no matter who it is now. I’ll be back in six months and I’ll take the title, whoever has it. My apologies to my fans, friends, family. The fact that they bought tickets and made plans to come to Las Vegas to support me means a lot to me. I also want to apologize to Glover. Victory!”

Prochazka, 30, had not withdrawn from a UFC fight before this comeback. He went 2-0 with knockouts of Volkan Ozdemir and Dominic Reyes before defeating Teixeira via fifth-round submission in a Fight of the Year contender at UFC 275 last June.

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UFC president Dana White praised Prochazka for the decision to leave, which he said was suggested by the fighter before the promotion.

“We met Jiri last night and listen, this guy is one of the classiest people I’ve ever met,” White said. “He is such a fighter and was very disappointed. He got separated from us before we ever got there. He will be out for a long time and at some point we will probably have to take him out. But they brought it to us.” And out of respect for the other fighters, he didn’t want to stop the split Let me tell you, that boy is a stud, man, to respond that way.

The story originally appeared on MMA Junkie

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