Jiri Prochazka had one of the most interesting paths to the UFC light heavyweight championship. He gave the fans some amazing knockouts and moments to remember. However, the ‘Czech Samurai’ suffered a shoulder injury in training and had to be pulled out from his first title defense against Glover Teixeira at UFC 282. Prochazka still wanted to fight and was in no mood to cancel the championship bout. However, Dana White had to convince him to give up on fighting with an injury.

In a conversation with Paddy Pimblett, Dana White revealed that he and Jiri Prochazka had opposing views regarding his shoulder injury. According to the UFC boss, Prochazka was adamant to return to fighting in 5-6 months. The doctors and UFC, however, have strongly advised against it.


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Dana White’s narration of the incident

Dana White described Jiri Prochazka’s shoulder injury as one of the worst that he has seen in the UFC. The UFC boss was adamant about not letting the former light-heavyweight champion fight.

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“That night when it all went down, and we had our doctor look at him. The doctor literally said that ‘in all the years in the UFC, this is the worst shoulder injury we had ever seen’. So it’s pretty nasty and him being the f*****g savage that he is, he still wanted to fight.”

“He said, ‘I can do this,’ ” White said. The promoter also advised the fighter to take no risk and withdraw from the card.

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On further explaining the incident of the injury, White added, “What happened was, it popped out, and he had some guys there at the gym (who tried to put the shoulder back in) and they ripped the s**t out of it, and destroyed his shoulder.

Thus, after White asked the fighter not to enter the octagon too soon, he made the decision to give up his title.


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Dana White has advice for UFC fighters

White showed his concern for the welfare and health of his fighters. In the interview, White stated that “I’ll tell you, I told him, I tell all the fighters if anything happens to you jump in a f***g car and go to the hospital. We will pay for everything”

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Dana White stated that fighters think that the people in the gym who are not professional experts can fix injuries. Instead, he advised the fighters to not make grave mistakes and let the doctors handle the situation.

Was Dana White right to intervene in the decision of Jiri Prochazka? What do you think of Jiri Prochazka vacating the title?