MMA fighter from the Czech Republic named Jiri Procházka is the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and competes in the Light Heavyweight division of the UFC. He held the first-ever titles for both the Gladiator Fighting Championship and the Rizin Fighting Federation in the light heavyweight division. He is ranked #10 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings as of August 2022.
Jiri Prochazka Biography and Net Worth
|Net Worth $1 million|
|Full Name Jiří Procházka|
|Birth Date October 14, 1992|
|Age 29 Years|
|Birthplace Znojmo, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)|
|Profession Mixed Martial Artist|
|Girlfriend Kamila (ex.)|
Jiri Prochazka Early Life
On October 14, 1992, in the south of, Czechoslovakia, Prochazka was born. When Prochazka was 6 years old, his father passed away and he participated in street fights as a teenager, almost regularly. As a result, he finally joined the hooligan organization affiliated with FC Zbrojovka Brno, the neighborhood soccer team of Prochazka, and began participating in organized street battles with groups from other teams.
Before starting high school, Prochazka first became aware of mixed martial arts after a buddy showed him films of Mirko Filipovic and Fedor Emelianenko as well as kickboxer Ramon Dekkers. At the weight of 86.18 kg, Prochazka won the 2011 Czech Muay Thai Association National Championship.
Jiri Prochazka Early Career
In April 2012, Prochazka made his professional MMA debut for the Gladiator Fighting Championship, which at the time was the biggest event in his native Czech Republic. On December 29, 2017, Prochazka and Karl Albrektsson squared off in the second round of the bantamweight competition at the Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix 2017. At Rizin 11, Prochazka fought Bruno Henrique Cappelozza on July 28, 2018, and the first-round knockout gave him the victory.
Jiri Prochazka UFC Success
In January 2020, Prochazka penned a contract with the UFC. On July 11, 2020, he made his promotional debut at UFC 251 against his opponent Volkan Oezdemir, a previous contender for the UFC Light Heavyweight title. He received a Performance of the Night bonus award for his victory in the second round by knockout.
On May 7, 2022, at UFC 274, Prochazka was supposed to compete against Glover Teixeira for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. For an unknown reason, the fight was then moved to UFC 275 on June 11, 2022. Procházka, the first fighter from the Czech Republic to win a UFC championship, submitted for the victory and the title in the fifth round after a back-and-forth contest.
Jiri Prochazka Girlfriend
Jiri is single and not married yet, he dated Kamila but they broke up in 2019 due to some personal reasons.
Jiri Prochazka Net Worth
The estimated net worth of Jiri Prochazka is $1 million as of 2022. The athlete’s $284,000 payday from his most recent UFC match is the highest compensation of his career and his last match’s base pay was $90,000. For defeating Swiss light heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 251, he was awarded a huge $153,500 payment. Prochazka received $214,000 for his stunning KO victory over Dominic Reyes in May 2021.
Jiri Prochazka Height and Weight