Jiri Prochazka believes he made some crucial mistakes in his UFC 275 title fight win over Glover Teixeira.
The fight was a back-and-forth war and both men had moments in the fight as both appeared to have each other hurt and nearly finish the fight. Yet, for Prochazka, he says he is disappointed that he didn’t dominate as he wanted to. He says the way he fought and his attitude was a big mistake for him.
Keeping the Right Attitude
“I’m disappointed by it because I didn’t show what I said before the fight, like a total dominance, and I didn’t feel like I wanted to feel in the fight,” Prochazka said on The MMA Hour. “I little bit changed my attitude before the fight, and that was not a good idea, and I know what to do for the next time. But the belt is here and I’m glad for that. That’s good enough. Glover was tough and I expected it will be like that in the fight, but I forgot to keep myself in the attitude [of] what I want to be in a fight. And that was the main mistake.”
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What Improvements Can Jiri Prochazka Make?
Although Prochazka is disappointed with his performance, he still became the UFC light heavyweight champion. However, he says he can’t lose focus of the goal as he still needs to remain grounded and focused on improving in training if he wants to remain the champ.
“It’s like the most beautiful dream,” Prochazka said. “[But] I think I have to still be on the ground, because it’s not about the belt, it’s not about all these beautiful things. It’s about the work. It’s about the work, it’s about my performance — and my performance was not how I wanted to show. So that’s why I’m a little bit disappointed. Everybody’s saying, ‘That was amazing. Amazing war.’ Yeah, I know. It’s good to show a war to the world. But it’s not the mastery of the warrior, yeah? This is not the mastery of the martial arts, because this is just a tough war. And you have to show more to be smarter in a fight, not like that.”