ABU DHABI – Jiri Prochazka beat Volkan Oezdemir with a second-round knockout Saturday to close out the preliminary card at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi.
Take a look inside the fight with Prochazka, who picked up a big first impression in his UFC debut and won for the 11th straight time – including nine straight by knockout.
Result: Jiri Prochazka def. Volkan Oezdemir via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 0:49
Updated records: Prochazka (27-3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Oezdemir (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC)
Key stat: Oezdemir outstruck Prochazka 44-33 in the fight, but one of Prochazka’s 33 was the one that put Oezdemir out cold.
Prochazka on the fight’s key moment
“Nothing surprised me, but I made many mistakes. I didn’t put enough focus on his punches. I was too focused on my punches and to knock him out. I was not focused on his attacks. The low kick and then the high kick from the same leg was important. I saw him (wobble), so I knocked him out.”
Prochazka on the “Fight Island” experience
“I feel amazing. I expected more wrestling from him, but that was a good fight. I won my first fight in the UFC — that’s a big step for me. … ‘Fight Island’ is an amazing place. Dana White and his team made something amazing. There were no sports in the world right now. This is amazing and I’m very glad to be part of it.”
Prochazka on what he wants next
“I want to fight very soon because I want to take the title. That’s my mission. But I also need to work on my performances. I made some mistakes. So let’s go. I respect everyone. Whoever they give me, I will fight with him. I just want to show my art.”
To hear more from Prochazka, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.
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