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Jiří Procházka
BornJiří Procházka
(1992-10-14) October 14, 1992 (age 27)
Hostěradice, Czech Republic, ČSFR[1]
Other namesDenise (Czech: Denisa)[1][2]
Denni (Czech: Deniska)[1][2]
NationalityCzech
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionLight Heavyweight (2012–2015, 2017–present)
Heavyweight (2015–2016)
StyleMuay Thai
Fighting out ofBrno, South Moravia, Czech Republic
TeamJetsaam Gym Brno (2012–present)[3]
TrainerMartin Karaivanov (Jetsaam Gym) (head coach & kickboxing coach) [3][4]
Jaroslav Hovězák (Jetsaam Gym) (MMA coach) [3][4]
Zdeněk Dohnal (Girja Brno) (strength coach)[4]
Tomáš Hron (sparring partner)[3][4]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total30
Wins27
By knockout24
By submission2
By decision1
Losses3
By knockout2
By submission1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: July 07, 2020

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Jiří Procházka (Czech: [jɪˈr̝iː pr̩oˈxaːˈzka] (YI-RZHEE PRO-GHAH-ZKA); born October 14, 1992) is a Czech mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai kickboxer who competes in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is a former Rizin FF Light Heavyweight Champion and a former Czech GCF Light Heavyweight Champion. As of July 10, 2020, he is ranked #14 in the Fight Matrix's World light heavyweight rankings.[7]

Background[edit]

Procházka was born on October 14, 1992 in the south Moravian part of the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic (now Czech Republic). Procházka's father died early when he was 6 years old.[8]

In his youth, he played football for a local team before he transitioned to Muay Thai and won the national title in Thai boxing on June 30, 2011.[9][4][6][5] He was also an active BMX rider and a floorball player.[9]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Gladiator Fighting Championship[edit]

Procházka made his professional MMA debut in April 2012 for the Gladiator Fighting Championship promotion in his native Czech Republic. In his tenth professional bout, he won the GCF Light Heavyweight Championship in the back-and-forth fight against Martin Šolc via knockout on December 7, 2013 at GCF 26 FN. Video of the bout went viral in Czechia afterwards.[10][9][11]

Procházka defended his title against Tomáš Penz on June 6, 2014 at GCF 28: Cage Fight 4. He won the fight via technical knockout in the first round. [10]

After amassing a record of 14–2–1 during his first three years in the sport, Procházka signed a deal with the Rizin Fighting Federation in 2015.

Rizin Fighting Federation[edit]

Procházka made his promotional debut against Satoshi Ishii on Dececember 29, 2015 at the Rizin FF's first event Saraba no Utake. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[10][12]

Procházka's next fight in Rizin was in Iza no Mai -100 kg tournament on December 31, 2015. Procházka won the first fight of tournament against Vadim Nemkov via technical knockout, and then lost in the final fight against Muhammed Lawal via knockout in the first round.[10][13]

Procházka faced Kazuyuki Fujita on April 17, 2016 at Rizin 1. He won the fight via technical knockout in the first round.[10][14]

Procházka faced Mark Tanios on September 25, 2016 at Rizin 2 - Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix 2016: Opening Round. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[10][15]

Procházka faced Willian Roberto Alves on September 29, 2017 at Fusion FN 16 - Cage Fight, the homecoming event organized by his team. He won the fight via technical knockout in the first round.[10][16]

Procházka faced Karl Albrektsson on December 29, 2017 at Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix 2017 - Bantamweight Tournament: 2nd Round. He won the fight via technical knockout in the first round.[10][17]

Procházka faced Bruno Henrique Cappelozza on July 28, 2018 at Rizin 11. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[10][18]

Procházka faced Jake Heun on September 30, 2018 at Rizin 13. He won the fight via technical knockout in the first round.[10][19]

Procházka faced Brandon Halsey on December 31, 2018 at Rizin 14. He won the fight via technical knockout in the first round.[10][20]

Light Heavyweight Champion[edit]

Procházka faced Muhammed Lawal in rematch on April 21, 2019 at Rizin 15 for the Rizin FF Light Heavyweight Championship. He won the fight via technical knockout in the third round.[10][21]

Procházka faced Fabio Maldonado on October 12, 2019 at Rizin 19: Lightweight Grand Prix 1st Round. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[10][22]

Procházka defended the title against C.B. Dollaway on December 31, 2019 at Rizin 20. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[10] This was the last fight on the Procházka's contract with the Rizin and afterwards signed a new deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and vacated his title.[10][23][24]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Procházka made his promotional debut against Volkan Oezdemir on July 11, 2020 at UFC 251.[10] He won the fight by knockout in the second round.

Personal life[edit]

Procházka is well-known as a devoted follower of the Bushido principles, the samurai moral values and the Miyamoto Musashi's teachings and philosophy, especially the Musashi's The Book of Five Rings, which Procházka considered as a life-changing book for him.[2][9][3][4][8]

He was involved in football hooliganism until he started his combat sports career.[2][9]

Besides his native Czech, Procházka is conversational in English (as of July 2020) and has a working proficiency in Japanese.[8]

Procházka is a graduate of his hometown's Protective Service Secondary Academy, and now he is majoring in security forces physical fitness policy at Masaryk University.[1][9][4][8]

His trademark phrase "BJP" (Czech: [bɛːjɛːpɛː]) is the acronym for "Bomby jak píča(!)" (English: Bomb The Shit Out of 'Em[!] or ⁠Bomb The Shit Out of Him[!]), it is Procházka's battle cry and also the name of his merchandise brand.[25][26][8][27]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Rizin Fighting Federation
    • Rizin Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
    • 1 successful title defense
    • 2015 RIZIN Heavyweight Grand Prix Runner Up

Muay Thai[edit]

  • Czech National Championships
    • 2011 Champion (-86.20 kg)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 27–3–1 Volkan Oezdemir KO (punch) UFC 251 12 July 2020 2 0:49 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Performance of the Night.
Win 26–3–1 C.B. Dollaway KO (punches) Rizin 20 31 December 2019 1 1:55 Saitama, Japan Defended the Rizin Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 25–3–1 Fabio Maldonado KO (punches) Rizin 19: Lightweight Grand Prix 1st Round 12 October 2019 1 1:49 Namba, Japan Heavyweight bout.
Win 24–3–1 Muhammed Lawal TKO (punches) Rizin 15 21 April 2019 3 3:02 Yokohama, Japan Won the inaugural Rizin Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 23–3–1 Brandon Halsey TKO (punches) Rizin 14 31 December 2018 1 6:30 Saitama, Japan
Win 22–3–1 Jake Heun TKO (punches) Rizin 13 30 September 2018 1 4:29 Saitama, Japan
Win 21–3–1 Bruno Henrique Cappelozza KO (punches) Rizin 11 28 July 2018 1 1:23 Saitama, Japan
Win 20–3–1 Karl Albrektsson TKO (punches) Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: 2nd Round 29 December 2017 1 9:57 Saitama, Japan
Win 19–3–1 Wilian Roberto Alves TKO (punches) Fusion FN 16: Cage Fight 29 September 2017 1 3:14 Brno, Czech Republic Return to Light Heavyweight.
Win 18–3–1 Mark Tanios Decision (unanimous) Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: 1st Round 25 September 2016 5 5:00 Saitama, Japan Rizin Openweight Grand-Prix 1st round.
Win 17–3–1 Kazuyuki Fujita KO (punch) Rizin 1 17 April 2016 1 3:18 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 16–3–1 Muhammed Lawal KO (punch) Rizin World Grand Prix 2015: Part 2 - Iza 31 December 2015 1 5:09 Saitama, Japan Lost the Rizin World Grand Prix 2015.
Win 16–2–1 Vadim Nemkov TKO (retirement) 1 1:36 Rizin World Grand Prix 2015 semi-final.
Win 15–2–1 Satoshi Ishii KO (head kick and knees) Rizin World Grand Prix 2015: Part 1 - Saraba 29 December 2015 1 1:36 Saitama, Japan Heavyweight debut. Rizin World Grand Prix 2015 quarter-final.
Win 14–2–1 Evgeni Kondratov KO (punch) ProFC 59: Battle of Kursk 3 21 November 2015 1 4:23 Kursk, Russia
Win 13–2–1 Michał Fijałka TKO (corner stoppage) GCF 31: Cage Fight 6 22 May 2015 1 5:00 Brno, Czech Republic
Win 12–2–1 Rokas Stambrauskas TKO (knees and punches) GCF Challenge: Back in the Fight 4 3 November 2018 1 4:51 Příbram, Czech Republic
Draw 11–2–1 Mikhail Mokhnatkin Draw (majority) Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 18 20 December 2014 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Win 11–2 Darko Stošić TKO (punches) GCF Challenge: Cage Fight 5 14 November 2014 1 1:09 Brno, Czech Republic
Win 10–2 Tomáš Penz TKO (flying knee and punches) GCF 28: Cage Fight 4 6 June 2014 1 0:48 Brno, Czech Republic Defended the GCF Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 9–2 Viktor Bogutzki Submission (rear-naked choke) GCF 27: Road to the Cage 21 March 2014 1 2:17 Prague, Czech Republic
Win 8–2 Martin Šolc KO (flying knee) GCF 26: Fight Night 7 December 2013 3 4:00 Prague, Czech Republic Won the GCF Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 7–2 Oliver Dohring TKO (punches) Rock the Cage 4 12 October 2013 1 N/A Greifswald, Germany
Loss 6–2 Abdul-Kerim Edilov Submission (rear-naked choke) Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 12 20 June 2013 1 1:56 Moscow, Russia
Win 6–1 Radovan Estocin KO (flying knee and punches) GCF 23: MMA Cage Fight 2 10 May 2013 1 0:26 Brno, Czech Republic
Win 5–1 Josef Žák TKO (doctor stoppage) GCF 19: Back in the Fight 2 15 February 2013 1 N/A Příbram, Czech Republic
Loss 4–1 Bojan Veličković TKO (punches) Supreme Fighting Championship 1: Balkan Fighter Night 9 December 2012 1 N/A Belgrade, Serbia
Win 4–0 Strahinja Denić Submission (triangle choke) Ring Fight Brno 15 November 2012 1 2:10 Brno, Czech Republic
Win 3–0 Martin Vaniš TKO (punches) GCF 17: Big Cage Ostrava 2 20 October 2012 1 2:48 Ostrava, Czech Republic
Win 2–0 Vladimír Eis KO (knee) GCF 15: Justfight Challenger 24 August 2012 1 1:02 Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Win 1–0 Stanislav Futera KO (punch) GCF 10: Battle in the Cage 7 April 2012 1 0:53 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic Light Heavyweight debut.

[10]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jiří Deniska Procházka: "Hodinovému tréninku se nedá říkat trénink.", Ronnie CZ 2013/02/18. Retrieved on 11 July 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 K.O. magazín (41) - Jiří "Denisa" Procházka, SPORT 5 2019/10/30. Retrieved on 11 July 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Jiří "Denisa" Procházka -- cesta bojovníka 2. časť, ProFighters 2014/06/05. Retrieved on 11 July 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 OKTAGON MAJK #1 - Ivan Buchinger a Jiří Denisa Procházka, OKTAGON MMA 2018/01/29. Retrieved on 11 July 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jetsaam Gym má dva mistry ČR v thajském boxu, Bojové Sporty. Retrieved on 11 July 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Finále MČR v thajském boxu a Evropský pohár - reportáž, Ronnie CZ 2011/07/04. Retrieved on 11 July 2020.
  7. "Jiri Prochazka | Fight Matrix". www.fightmatrix.com. Retrieved 2020-07-11.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Jiří Procházka - Český zápasník podmanil Japonsko, teď míří do Ameriky, Real Talk 2019/12/13. Retrieved on 11 July 2020.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Fight and Talk #7 - Jiří "Deniska" Procházka, laktát neexistuje, Patrik Kincl 2019/09/07. Retrieved on 11 July 2020.
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 10.15 10.16 "JIRI PROCHAZKA "DENISA"", Sherdog 2020/07/11. Retrieved on 2020/07/11.
  11. VIDEO Svátek MMA: Do klece se vrací brutální Procházka!, Aktuálně 2014/03/21. Retrieved on 12 July 2020.
  12. Jiri Prochazka vs. Satoshi Ishii, Rizin FF. Retrieved on 12 July 2020.
  13. Jiri Prochazka vs. Vadim Nemkov, Rizin FF. Retrieved on 12 July 2020.
  14. Jiri Prochazka vs. Kazuyuki Fujita, Rizin FF. Retrieved on 12 July 2020.
  15. Jiri Prochazka vs. Mark Tanios, Rizin FF. Retrieved on 12 July 2020.
  16. 8. Jiří „Denisa“ Procházka vs Wilian Roberto „Cowboy“ Alves, FUSION FIGHT NIGHT 2017/10/07. Retrieved on 12 July 2020.
  17. Jiří Procházka vs Karl Albrektsson, Rizin FF. Retrieved on 12 July 2020.
  18. Takanori Gomi knocks out Melvin Guillard at Rizin 11, MMA Fighting 2018/07/29. Retrieved on 12 July 2020.
  19. Tajfun udeřil. Poté Procházka v Japonsku ukončil Američana, Sport.cz 2018/10/02. Retrieved on 12 July 2020.
  20. BY THE NUMBERS: VOLKAN OEZDEMIR VS. JIRI PROCHAZKA, Sherdog 2020/07/10. Retrieved on 12 July 2020.
  21. Rizin 15 results: Jiri Prochazka wins title, Kyoji Horiguchi stops Ben Nguyen, MMA Fighting 2019/04/21. Retrieved on 12 July 2020.
  22. Rizin 19 results: Jiri Prochazka blasts through Fabio Maldonado, Kai Asakura overwhelms Ulka Sasaki, MMA Fighting 2019/10/12. Retrieved on 12 July 2020.
  23. Video: Jiri Prochazka dribbles CB Dollaway with one-punch knockout at RIZIN 20, MMA Mania 2019/12/31. Retrieved on 12 July 2020.
  24. Je to tady! Jiří Procházka míří do UFC, MMA Shorties 2020/01/15. Retrieved on 11 July 2020.
  25. Jiří "Denisa" Procházka - cesta bojovníka 1. časť, ProFighters 2014/06/03. Retrieved on 11 July 2020.
  26. BJP Store, Jiří Procházka. Retrieved on 11 July 2020.
  27. Procházka o BJP, Reflex 2019/12/25. Retrieved on 12 July 2020.

External links[edit]


Category:1992 births Category:Living people Category:Sportspeople from Brno Category:Czech male kickboxers Category:Light heavyweight kickboxers Category:Czech male mixed martial artists Category:Light heavyweight mixed martial artists Category:Ultimate Fighting Championship male fighters


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