“He Thinks His Chin Is Stone”- Thiago Santos Challenged Jiri Prochazka To Face ‘The Hammer’

Published 10/03/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 05: Thiago Santos of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC 235 weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on July 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Thiago Santos managed to earn a decision win over Johnny Walker in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Walker. ‘Marreta’ ended his 3-fight skid in the process. He is now eyeing up a fight against Jiri Prochazka next and has issued a chilling warning to ‘Denisa’.

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Prochazka has had a meteoric rise to stardom in his short stint in the UFC. A knockout win over Volkan Oezdemir caught every fan’s attention. A highlight-reel finish of former title challenger Dominick Reyes further elevated his popularity. Prochazka is currently looking to secure a title shot for himself and will serve as the backup at the UFC 267 title clash between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira.

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If Jiri Prochazka doesn’t want to wait around for the title shot, I’m here. I’m here to face him. All respect to him, but I watched his fights. He thinks his chin is stone, but that’s because he hasn’t fought against the hammer. If he wants to test his chin, I’m here,” said Santos in his post-fight interview.

Thiago Santos vs Jiri Prochazka next?

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Prochazka has shown he is a different breed of a fighter than the rest of the light-heavyweight division. However, he has a tendency to take shots from his opponents. Which might be a recipe for disaster against someone like Santos. Then again, he has a granite chin to support his reckless abundance style.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 01: (L-R) Jiri Prochazka of the Czech Republic punches Dominick Reyes in a light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 01, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

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Stylistically, a fight between Prochazka and Santos sounds exciting. And with ‘Denisa’ involved, one can guarantee it won’t be a snoozefest like Santos’s last two fights. Santos has been very gun shy lately. So, whether he has done enough to get a fight against Prochazka, remains to be seen.

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What do you think of Santos’s call out? Is Prochazka the next fight for him? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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