The division’s chaos began this past December when a shoulder injury forced Prochazka out of his scheduled championship defense against Glover Teixeira at UFC 282, and led to him vacating the title — which was eventually won by Hill when he dominated Teixeira at UFC 283. On Thursday, Hill revealed that he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and that he was vacating the title.
Prochazka, who is on the road to a return to the octagon, reacted to the news on social media.
@JamahalH Man, I'm so sorry, I was really looking forward to our Fight. I appreciate your release of the title. Only a person who has experienced this situation can appreciate such a thing.— Jiri BJP Prochazka (@jiri_bjp) July 14, 2023
Who is next?
winner Blachowicz X Pereira or ?#IAMTHECHAMPION ///\\\
“[Jamahal] man, I’m so sorry, I was really looking forward to our fight,” Prochazka stated. “I appreciate your release of the title. Only a person who has experienced this situation can appreciate such a thing.
“Who is next? [Me vs.] winner of Blachowicz vs. Pereira? Or, I am the champion.”
Prochazka captured the title when he submitted Teixeira in the fifth round of their thrilling title bout at UFC 275 in June 2022, improving the 30-year-old’s UFC record to 3-0, and his extending his overall win streak to 13 straight victories.
UPDATE: Hill responded to Prochazka on Friday morning with hopes of booking a future matchup upon his return to the octagon.