Destiny wasn’t form to Jiri Prochazka this 12 months. The Czech fighter by no means received to defend the UFC gentle heavyweight title he gained in June in opposition to Glover Teixeira after he was compelled to relinquish it due to a shoulder harm that can hold him indefinitely shelved.
Not many particulars of what occurred have been made public, till just lately, when UFC president Dana White sat down with Paddy Pimblett for a podcast. He says it occurred within the gymnasium when Prochazka’s coaches had been attempting to do some DIY fixing of the already-injured shoulder.
“That evening when all of it went down and we had our physician have a look at him, the physician actually stated in all of the years on the UFC, that is the worst shoulder harm we’ve ever seen.
“It’s fairly nasty and him being the f—ng savage that he’s, he nonetheless wished to combat. He stated, ‘I might do it…’ No. You may’t combat, child.
“What occurred was, it popped out and he had some guys there on the gymnasium (who tried to place it again in). They usually f—ng ripped the shit out of it and destroyed his shoulder.”
Prochazka, who was (and nonetheless is) itching to show his value as a authentic titleholder, wished to combat on. White, nevertheless, suggested in opposition to it.
“That evening after we had been in there and we had been having the assembly, and we had been speaking about the opportunity of him preventing once more, he was saying, ‘I feel I can come again in 5 months…’ and all this shit. The physician was with us, too, and the physician’s like ‘it is advisable to begin being life like about this.’
“The factor that I informed him is, ‘I don’t wish to put that sort of strain on you the place you are feeling like to come back again in 5 or 6 months and destroy your shoulder once more. Take the time, do it proper, get the suitable surgical procedure.’
“That evening he determined that ‘I’m not gonna maintain up the division, I’m gonna vacate the title.’ Stud.”
White then reminded Pimblett and all different fighters to go away the fixing to educated professionals and never their coaches.
“I let you know, I informed him, I inform all of the fighters: if something occurs to you, bounce in a f—ng automotive and go to the hospital.
“We can pay for all the pieces… folks assume that these guys on the gymnasium can repair your shoulder, do that shit, that shit. Don’t even danger it. Simply go to the hospital.”
Prochazka’s maiden title protection was presupposed to headline UFC 282 this weekend, a rematch in opposition to Teixeira. Former champion Jan Blachowicz will now get the prospect to reclaim the belt as he faces Magomed Ankalaev for the vacant title.