Jiri Prochazka says he is sorry for pulling out of UFC 282 and vacating the sunshine heavyweight title, however guarantees to get it again.
On Wednesday, Prochazka (29-3-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) apologized to followers, the UFC and beforehand scheduled opponent Glover Teixeira (33-8 MMA, 16-6 UFC) in a written assertion. on Instagram shortly after the information broke of his harm to his proper shoulder.
Prochazka mentioned he expects to be out of motion for no less than six months. Prochazka detailed the thought course of behind his withdrawal, and indicated that his principal goal throughout a troublesome state of affairs was to not maintain up the remainder of the division.
Because of this, Magomed Ankalaev (17-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Jan Blachowicz (29-9 MMA, 12-6 UFC) will headline UFC 282 in a bout for the vacant title.
“I’m very disenchanted to announce that I can’t be defending my belt at @ufc 282. I used to be injured throughout coaching in Las Vegas whereas ending my preparation for my title protection within the UFC gentle heavyweight division. I injured my shoulder and surgical procedure is required which can put me out of motion for no less than 6 months. Realizing this data, I’ve determined, after consulting UFC administration, that on account of this time limitation, I can’t combat within the gentle heavyweight division and can vacate the title. I will get the UFC belt as quickly because the docs give me the inexperienced gentle to combat. I will get the belt and I will win it, irrespective of who at the moment has it. It has at all times been an important factor for me to carry out at my greatest and evaluate myself to the perfect. Let the perfect seem, irrespective of who’s there now. I will be again in six months and I am going to take the title to whoever holds it. I apologize to my followers, pals, household who purchased tickets and made plans to come back to Las Vegas to assist me, it means quite a bit to me. I additionally wish to apologize to Glover. Victory!”
In a second put up, Prochazka filmed a selfie video as he expressed most of the similar sentiments as in his earlier put up.
Prochazka, 30, had not withdrawn from a combat within the UFC previous to this withdrawal. He went 2-0 with knockouts over Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes earlier than defeating Teixeira through fifth-round submission in Combat of the 12 months final June at UFC 275.
UFC president Dana White praised Prochazka for the choice to vacate, which he mentioned the fighter initiated earlier than the promotion instructed it.
“We caught up with Jiri final night time and heard, this man is among the most elegant people ever,” White mentioned. “He’s a warrior and he was so upset. He talked about pulling away from us earlier than we even obtained there. He will be gone a very long time, and sooner or later, we would in all probability should strip him. However he introduced it to us and mentioned, out of respect for the opposite fighters, that he did not wish to maintain the division. Let me inform you, that child is a stud, man, to react like that.