Jiri Prochazka surprises and tries to justify defeat to Alex Poatan at UFC 303: 'I wasn't well'

The Czech fighter said he suffered from an infection in his leg that prevented him from dedicating himself 100% in the last few weeks of training.

Alex Poatán after knockout imposed on Jiri Prochazka. Photo: Reproduction/X UFC News

Still stunned by the brutal knockout suffered by Alex Poata in the UFC 303, Jiri Prochazka surprised by revealing that he was unable to dedicate himself 100% to training in the final stretch of his camp. In an interview with 'CNN Prima', a website from the Czech Republic, the former light heavyweight champion (up to 93kg) said that he was unable to perform at his best on June 29th, due to an infection suffered in his leg. left.

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“The last two weeks have been, health-wise, as much as I said I was fine, I wasn’t. This manifested itself due to staph disease, a spot on the body after a tick bite, an unhealed wound on the leg, back pain after lifting weights,” Prochazka revealed.

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In the main fight UFC 303, held on June 29th, Prochazka came face to face again with Alex Poatán, current light heavyweight champion. However, just like the first clash, held in November 2023, the Brazilian emerged victorious by knocking out the former belt owner in the second round. The grand confrontation took place at the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas (USA).

Still ranked number one in the light heavyweight division, Prochazka is going through a 'delicate' moment in the category with two defeats in his last fights, both to the champion Alex Poatán. At 31 years old, the Czech fighter has an MMA record of 30 wins, five setbacks and one draw.

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