Jiri Prochazka finally broke the silence over the early stoppage issue in his UFC 295 light heavyweight bout against Alex Pereira. While many fighters and fans expressed dissatisfaction about Marc Goddard’s stoppage, Prochazka said the referee just made the right decision.
The Prochazka-Pereira bout was one of the most thrilling fights last weekend at UFC 295, with Poatan winning against the Czech opponent and claiming the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion belt.
That, however, is not the only highlight of the bout: fans and fighters were quick to point out the early stoppage of Goddard.
Pereira sent Prochazka to the floor during the fight through a powerful right hook. Despite trying to get back on his feet, Poatan quickly responded by raining him with elbows to the head. The move caused the Czech to fall again, prompting Goddard to enter the scene and call the fight. Fans and fellow fighters, including Dominick Cruz, Terrance McKinney, Tracy Cortez, and Merab Dvalishvili, expressed disappointment over the action.
However, Prochazka immediately agreed with Goddard’s decision during his post-fight interview. UFC president Dana White also supported the fighter’s statement. In his latest post on Instagram after the fight, Prochazka reiterated his stand.
“Hello everyone, I just want to say to all of you thank you for your support,” Prochazka said via Instagram. “This is for me just motivation. Nothing else. Marc Goddard was right. Maybe two or three seconds and it would be a different way, but what happened happened. I accept that. Watch me now. I’ll be back stronger than ever. Thank you for the support.”
With all these affirmations, Prochazka officially embraces new records of 29-4-1 for MMA and 3-1 for UFC.