Former light heavyweight champion Jiří Procházka doesn’t think he’ll be entering uncharted territory against Alex Pereira at UFC 295.
The pair of top five contenders will do battle later tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York City, where their clash for the vacant 205-pound title will headline in the absence of the originally planned Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic main event.
For Procházka, the bout marks his first appearance since winning the belt last June in Singapore. After ending the reign of Glover Teixeira, “Denisa” vacated the throne prior to his first defense after suffering a serious shoulder injury.
The Czech star is now looking to bring stability back to the division by picking up from where he left off, but a tall task awaits him in “The Big Apple.”
Since a Hall of Fame-worthy Glory Kickboxing career, Pereira has brought his brutal knockout power to the Octagon, where he’s already held the championship at 185 pounds.
Despite that, however, Procházka believes he’s faced tougher tests.
Procházka: From What I’ve Seen Of Pereira’s Style…
During a recent pre-fight interview with TMZ Sports, Procházka looked ahead to his long-awaited return following a 17-month layoff and further assessed the man who will await him inside the cage.
In the lead-up to today’s PPV event, a discrepancy in MMA experience between the two headliners has been heavily highlighted, with “Denisa” boasting more than three times as many fights as Pereira.
And throughout his 11-year stint as a professional, Procházka believes he’s come across more threatening foes than “Poatan”
“I will see that when I face him. I will feel that who is he. But what I’ve saw with his style, I think I’ve fought with more dangerous guys,” Procházka said.
The Czech fan favorite will hope to prove as much by successfully using his gameplan to stifle Pereira’s powerful hands and halt his two-division ambitions in the process.
Should Procházka achieve that feat tonight at MSG, he’ll become a two-time champ in just his fourth appearance under the UFC banner, a short career that has so far seen him finish Volkan Oezdemir, Dominick Reyes, and Teixeira.
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