Jiri Prochazka looks on during his light heavyweight title fight against Brazil’s Glover Teixeira at UFC 275 in Singapore. Photo: AFP
Jiri Prochazka looks on during his light heavyweight title fight against Brazil’s Glover Teixeira at UFC 275 in Singapore. Photo: AFP

Jiri Prochazka: how a Czech football hooligan became a UFC champion, via Japan

  • Martial arts and ancient Japanese text ‘The Book of Five Rings’ inspired the Czech to turn from street fighting to cage fighting eight years ago
  • ‘It was a part of my life and without that there would be no me like I am today,’ he says of his youth, spent with local ultras supporting FC Zbrojovka Brno

Jiri Prochazka looks on during his light heavyweight title fight against Brazil’s Glover Teixeira at UFC 275 in Singapore. Photo: AFP
Jiri Prochazka looks on during his light heavyweight title fight against Brazil’s Glover Teixeira at UFC 275 in Singapore. Photo: AFP
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