If Khamzat Chimaev wants to test the waters at 205, Jiri Prochazka says he’d be more than willing to accomadate him.
The Czech, defeated earlier this month by Alex Pereira in a bout to contest the previously vacant UFC light heavyweight title, is seeking a signature win to get him back in title contention after the defeat, which came after a year on the sidelines owing to a serious shoulder injury he suffered last year. And Chimaev, who recently defeated Kamaru Usman at middleweight, might just fit the bill.
Chimaev, who has made no secret of his desire to fight practically everyone on the roster, recently indicated on social meda that he would like to challenge Pereira for UFC gold — a statement which prompted a response, and a challenge, from Prochazka.
I would like to welcome you to LHW division ⚡️
— Jiri BJP Prochazka (@jiri_bjp) November 21, 2023
“Let me finish him,” Chimaev posted to X, formerly Twitter, tagging Dana White along with an image of Pereira. The request seemed to go unanswered by the Brazilian but Prochazka was quick too shoot back, responding: “I would like to welcome you to LHW division.”
Now, this type of fight would appear unrealistic at the moment given that Jamahal Hill is almost certainly next in line for Pereira but with Chimaev presently without a fight booked — and many of the UFC’s events seeing late injury-related changes at the top of cards — stranger things have certainly happened.