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‘Prince vs Samurai, Sword vs Katana’ - Blachowicz welcomes UFC title defense with Prochazka

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UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz is already liking the idea of a fight against Jiri Prochazka.

UFC champion Jan Blachowicz already looks forward to a fight with Jiri Prochazka.
UFC champion Jan Blachowicz already looks forward to a fight with Jiri Prochazka.
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After a night of decision wins and a DQ verdict, headliner Jiri Prochazka ended UFC Vegas 26 with an exclamation point. The 28-year-old Czech fighter dealt former title challenger Dominick Reyes his third straight loss with a highlight reel spinning elbow KO in the second round.

The win puts Prochazka next in line to challenge for the undisputed light heavyweight title. And as far as current champion Jan Blachowicz is concerned, it is a matchup that is already worth looking forward to.

Blachowicz later clarified that his attention is still on current challenger Glover Teixeira, whom he faces at UFC 266 in September.

Prochazka (28-3-1) has so far impressed fans with his two fights in the Octagon. Like with the Reyes bout, he also earned a Performance of the Night bonus for his second-round KO win over Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 251 last July.

Prochazka was also awarded Fight of the Night Honors at UFC Vegas 25, earning him a total of $100,000 in post-fight bonuses in one night.