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Jan Blachowicz excited to eventually face ‘crazy fighter’ Jiri Prochazka, but demands fight happen in Europe

Jan Blachowicz isn’t thinking about much right now that doesn’t involve his upcoming fight against Glover Teixeira at UFC 267, however the reigning light heavyweight champion’s next assignment still isn’t far from his mind.

As part of the UFC’s preparation for the upcoming title fight, Jiri Prochazka was secured as a potential replacement just in case something happened to prevent either Blachowicz or Teixeira from competing on Saturday night.

Following two blistering knockouts over former title contenders Dominick Reyes and Volkan Oezdemir, which also earned him three post-fight performance bonuses, the 29-year-old light heavyweight from the Czech Republic now stands as the No. 1 contender in the division.

While they’ll likely become opponents in the future, Blachowicz has complimented Prochazka for his unconventional style of fighting and he looks forward to the day when they can actually meet — but only under one very specific condition.

“Great run for him,” Blachowicz said about Prochazka when speaking to MMA Fighting. “He’s a crazy fighter but in a good way. Crazy, weird style but he knows how to use it. I believe I will fight against Glover and then maybe in the future with Jiri, but somewhere in Europe.

“If I have to fight Jiri, we have to do it in Poland or somewhere in Europe, because all of Europe would like to come and see this fight live. First of all, I have to beat Glover. The focus is on him. I hope so nothing will change cause when I beat Glover, maybe my next opponent will be Jiri, but this fight has to not be in Abu Dhabi, not in USA, in Europe.”

Considering Blachowicz hails from Poland and Prochazka’s home country of the Czech Republic is a next-door neighbor to the southwest, it makes all the sense in the world that the UFC would attempt to promote the fight in Europe.

While the Czech Republic isn’t known for putting on huge MMA events, Poland has seen a number of cards held by local promotion KSW fill up stadiums in the past and it would seem likely the UFC could do the same thing, especially for a fight of this magnitude.

Blachowicz has dreamed of defending his UFC title on home soil and a fight against Prochazka might be the perfect opportunity to make his fantasy become a reality.

“If this fight will happen, I hope it will be in Poland in the national stadium — 60,000 people will come to watch this fight,” Blachowicz said.

Blachowicz acknowledged that Prochazka would be a very interesting opponent given his incredibly unique style in which he throws a slew of unorthodox strikes at the opposition.

In his most recent fight, Prochazka engaged in a bloody back-and-forth war with Dominick Reyes before securing a highlight-reel knockout in the second round.

That level of unpredictability is difficult to replicate, but Blachowicz has confidence that he would dispatch Prochazka just like every other contender at 205 pounds in the UFC.

“Weird style, crazy style, nice to watch,” Blachowicz said. “Against me, I think it’s going to be a good fight. Maybe in the future, we will see.

“I’m very excited because we still have good fighters, young fighters. They come to the UFC and they motivate me to go to the gym and train hard. I want to say thanks to Jiri, thanks to [Aleksandr] Rakic because they motivate me to be the champion. To go and train hard.”

Of course as much as Blachowicz respects Prochazka and anybody else in the division for pushing him to always be better, that’s also going to greatly diminish any chance they have to beat him.

“No way, it’s not possible,” Blachowicz said about losing to any of his top contenders. “When I finish my career in the UFC, I’ll leave the belt and they can fight for it.”