Jiri Prochazka Receive Crazy Welcome From Thousands Of Fans In Czech Republic Following UFC 275 Win

Jiri Prochazka Gets Wild Welcome In Czech Republic After UFC 275 Win

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  • Jiri Prochazka received a hero’s welcome after arriving in the Czech Republic following his victory at UFC 275
  • Thousands of fans gathered to greet the light heavyweight champion in the city of Brno
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The UFC has only featured five fighters from the Czech Republic since it held its inaugural showcase close to three decades ago, and Jiri Prochazka headed into the weekend with a very good chance of becoming the first person from the country to secure a championship belt.

The fighter who got his start as a soccer hooligan before working his way up the MMA ranks was the favorite to walk away with a victory over reigning lightweight heavyweight titleholder Glover Teixeira at UFC 275 in Singapore. However, the defending champ put up one hell of a fight.

Teixeira was ahead on the scorecard heading into the fifth and final round, and it appeared the underdog had a very good chance of pulling off the upset via decision as the fight neared its final moments—at least until Prochazka spoiled those plans after securing the win via submission by forcing his opponent to tap with 28 seconds left on the clock.

The victory was significant for a number of reasons. Prochazka became the first person under the age of 30 to clinch the light heavyweight championship since Jon Jones did so for the first time in 2011 and managed to do so in what was just his third fight with the organization.

As mentioned above, the win also makes him the first UFC championship hailing from the Czech Republic, and he got one hell of a welcome after returning to his native country on Monday courtesy of the estimated 7,000 fans who flocked to the streets to celebrate the achievement with him.

Videos captured during the event show hordes of spectators lining the streets of Brno during the procession that ended with Prochazka showing off his new piece of hardware to the massive crowd that gathered in the center of the city.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.