Promising Czech light heavyweight Jiri Prochazka says he is in talks with UFC officials to become a reserve fighter for the fight between his bodyweight champion Pole Jan Blachowicz and Brazilian Glover Teixeira.
“In negotiations with the UFC about [being the backup], if somebody from the fight will be out,” Jiri Prochazka said to Fanatic View. “We communicate with UFC about this.”
Fighting out of Brno, Czech Republic, Jiri Prochazka improved to 2-0 in the 205-pound fold with a second-round KO of Dominick Reyes at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas in his sophomore outing.
In the light heavyweight division is largely dominated by the rivalry brewing between Blachowicz and Teixeira, while Aleksandar Rakic is also putting together a strong case to be considered for gold following his victory over Thiago Santos.
However, the 28-year-old native of Znojmo, South Moravia, revealed he is not in a hurry and is willing to wait on the sidelines until his first shot at UFC gold.
“We will see,” he added. “I want to take that and I want to be that guy who will wait for that chance.”