Alex Poatan explains his decision to accept defending his belt two weeks in advance

Poatan defends his light heavyweight title in a rematch against Jiri Prochazka in the main fight of UFC 303

Alex Poatán

Alex Poatán before fighting Jiri Prochazka (Photo: Playback / Instagram)

Last Thursday night (13), Dana White took the MMA community by surprise when he announce the rematch between Alex Poatan and Jiri Prochazka, with the light heavyweight belt (up to 93 kg) as the new main fight of the UFC 303, on June 29, after another injury to Conor McGregor. Shortly after the announcement, the Brazilian took to social media to explain his decision to put the belt on the line at such short notice.

Na publication, Poatan assured that he understood the difficulties that defending a belt with little time for specific preparation can present, but said he was ready for the challenge.


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“I know it's very close and I may encounter difficulties, but if anyone can make the impossible possible, it's me! That's why I'm such a big name, Alex Poatán Pereira. Because of my work ethic and the risks I'm willing to take! The ancestors are with me, a great spirit is within me”, wrote the champion.

Alex Poatán e Jiri Prochazka They faced each other for the first time in November 2023, winning the vacant title. On that occasion, the Brazilian emerged victorious with a knockout in the second round and won the organization's second belt. Since then, the champion has defended his title against Jamahal hill, UFC 300, the same event in which the Czech recovered with victory over Aleksandr Rakic.

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