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Hostěradice, Czech Republic’s Jiří Procházka knocks out Volkan Oezdemir at ‘UFC 251’ on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Volkan Oezdemir, Jiří Procházka (©UFC)

Volkan Oezdemir, Jiří Procházka (©UFC)

Jiří “Denisa” Procházka, 27, of Hostěradice, Czech Republic was one of the “UFC 251” winners. The Czech mixed martial artist made his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 13 MMA matches, “UFC 251” took place at the UFC Fight Island on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on July 11, 2020 (or July 12, 2020 in the UAE). In the eighth bout, Procházka fought Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir, 30, of Fribourg, Switzerland in the light heavyweight division.

Marc Goddard served as the referee. He put a stop to the light heavyweight contest after 49 seconds in the second round when Procházka knocked out Oezdemir via punch.

Winning at “UFC 251” improved Procházka’s professional MMA record to 27 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw. The Czech MMA fighter is now riding an 11-bout winning streak.

It was Oezdemir’s fourth loss in the UFC. The Swiss MMA fighter now has 17 wins and 5 losses.

Including Czech Republic and Switzerland, 12 countries were represented at “UFC 251.” The others were Australia, Brazil, England, Finland, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Scotland and the U.S.

Procházka solely represented Czech Republic. Oezdemir was the only representative of Switzerland.

In the co-main event, Max “Blessed” Holloway, 28, of Waiane, Hawaii, USA challenged UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski, 31, of Windang, New South Wales, Australia. The defending champion won via split decision.

In the main event, Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, 35, of Miami, Florida, USA challenged reigning UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman, 33, who was fighting out of Nigeria by way of Delray Beach, Florida. The defending champion won via unanimous decision

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Born in Hostěradice on October 14, 1992, Procházka has been competing professionally since 2012. Before joining the UFC, he competed in Gladiator Championship Fighting, Ring Fight Brno, Supreme Fighting Championship, Fight Nights, ProFC, Rizin Fighting Federation and Fusion Fight Night Series.

Procházka trains at Jetsaam Gym Brno in Brno, Czech Republic. His coaches are Martin Karaivanov and Jaroslav Hovězák.

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