Octagon legend Georges St-Pierre says that Czech sensation Jiri Prochazka has everything it takes to become a dominant world champion.
Prochazka takes on Glover Teixeira this weekend in Singapore in the UFC 275 main event in what is just his third fight in the UFC, but if his dominant showings against former title challengers Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes are anything to go by, his relative inexperience in the UFC won’t be much of a hindrance.
Of his 28 wins, 25 of those have come by knockout in a near six year run of fights which he has finishes inside the distance — and another win this weekend will see the UFC’s 205-pound title strapped securely across his waist.
And according to St-Pierre, it isn’t a matter of if Prochazka becomes champion but a matter of when.
“He’s very dangerous, he’s a great striker but I think, his ground game we haven’t seen too much on the ground so its never been exposed that much,” St-Pierre told James Lynch as noted by Lowkick MMA.
“A lot of guys, they haven’t been exposed so I’m curious to see him compete more but he’s very impressive, I think he’s going to be the future world champion.”
Prochazka will not have to wait too long for the opportunity to secure his first UFC title when he fights the veteran Teixiera this weekend, a fighter enjoying a purple patch in his career before his 43rd birthday. The Brazilian has won six straight fights in the UFC, including his title win against Jan Blachowicz last year — with four of those victories coming by submission.
And if he does become champion this weekend, it seems likely that St-Pierre’s query about Prochazka’s ground game might well be answered — because if you are to ask 25 of his past opponents, his striking is about as good as it gets in the light heavyweight division.