Jiri Prochazka wants to ‘smell the power and weaknesses’ of his rivals as a substitute for the headliner of UFC 267 between Glover Teixeira and Jan Blachowicz
- Jiri Prochazka has flown as a substitute for the main event of UFC 267
- He will intervene if one of Jan Blachowicz or Glover Teixeira does not succeed
- Czech star says he will be able to ‘smell opponents’ energy and weakness’
- Prochazka insists that even if he does not receive the call, he will not care
Jiri Prochazka warned Glover Teixeira and Jan Blachowicz that he can ‘smell their weaknesses’ ahead of the UFC 267 headliner.
The light heavyweight title fight takes place in Abu Dhabi this weekend and Prochazka has flown in as a substitute in case one of the main leads fails to make it.
The rising Czech star insists he is ready to take center stage if asked, but is happy to simply take the measure of his division rivals if not.
Jiri Prochazka hopes to be close to rivals at UFC 267 to ‘smell weakness’
He said Just scrap the radio: ‘I asked myself many times if I wanted the title and my answer is yes, of course, 100 percent yes. I’m ready for it and I know how to win it.
“ I am glad to be where the fight is taking place, so I can smell my opponents’ energy and their power and their weakness. Just taste the atmosphere and if I don’t fight, I don’t care. ”
He added: ‘I prepared for both of them. But above all, I have focused on my mistakes from my fights.
‘I have to work on my mistakes because Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira are very good on the ground and in wrestling, they are very good, tough and strong fighters. I worked to get stronger and improve on the ground and in wrestling. With standup, I am always working on it every day.
Jan Blachowicz (left) is defending his belt again after defeating Israel Adesanya in March
Prochazka has won both of his UFC fights so far and is on an upward trajectory.
‘With Jan, I don’t want to say my whole strategy, but I saw his fight against a boy from the Czech Republic and I talked to him about his style, what he does well, the mistakes he makes and I have a strategy and I know what weapon to use, especially for his style.
Blachowicz or Teixeira are not expected to have a problem getting to fight night, but Prochazka would certainly deliver fireworks if necessary.
The 29-year-old has a wealth of experience even though he has only fought twice in the UFC so far, and has not tasted defeat as a professional since 2015.
With those two wins over Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes, he might as well be the next man in line to face the winner of UFC 267.
Glover Teixeira (right) will become the oldest UFC champion if he wins on Saturday