Jamahal Hill may hold the UFC light heavyweight title, but somewhere in the wilderness of the Czech Republic, a former champion who has never lost his belt is already betting on a future fight.
Just moments after Hill claimed the vacant 205-pound title by defeating Glover Teixeira by decision in the main event of UFC 283, Jiri Prochazka posted on social media for the new champion.
Surrounded by trees with falling snow all around, Prochazka lived up to his warrior roots by uttering low-key congratulations followed by a fiery warning directed at Hill.
“Congratulations,” said Prochaska. “I’m coming. I’m coming!”
It was a furious response from Prochazka, who relinquished the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship after suffering a serious shoulder injury that forced him to pull out of a scheduled rematch with Teixeira, which was originally scheduled for last December.
Due to the injury, Prochazka chose to forfeit the belt rather than hold on to the division, although the first attempt to crown a new champion failed. Magomed Ankalaev and Jan Blachowicz fought for a majority draw at UFC 282, prompting UFC President Dana White to switch immediately and set up a new title fight between Hill and Teixeira a month later at UFC 283.
Unlike the previous fight, Hill left no room for doubt in his game as he dominated Teixeira for all five rounds en route to a 50-44 win across the board and the vacant title.
Despite a serious shoulder injury and subsequent surgery, Prochazka insists he will be back in a few months, meaning he could potentially be Hill’s first title defense at the end of 2023.