Exclusive: Jiri Prochazka shares important pre-match ritual and why he avoids meat before fights

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Jiri Prochazka is the next big thing in the UFC Light Heavyweight division

Former RIZIN star Jiri Prochazka spoke in great length on the Hair and the Beard.

The 27-year-old is a former champion in RIZIN and won his debut fight at UFC 251. Prochazka easily defeated Volkan Oezdemir with a stunning overhand right and is aiming for the gold in the division.

Jiri Prochazka is a Light Heavyweight UFC star
Jiri Prochazka poses on the scale during the UFC 251 official weigh-in inside Flash Forum (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The Czech Republic star already has 31 bouts under his belt and with so many fights, there are certainly rituals that he spoke about.

Most sports stars have a pre-match ritual that they do without fail. Prochazka claimed he had some rituals but didn’t want to follow them all the time. However, he did highlight that meeting his family before a clash was important:

“I had these rituals but I don’t want to be fixed at something because the present moment is giving me every time a new chance to show my power.

“Sometimes I do that, every time before a fight, I go to my family, my grandmother, grandfather, all my family and then I go with a pure mind to the fights, just this.”

Avoiding meat before a fight

The Czech star was then asked if he took up a special diet before fights. Prochazka explained that he wanted to stay light and pure ahead of clashes:

“To feel my stomach and my body must be pure. I need to feel just pure energy and the meat is sometimes good to take power from the meat, not just protein, but power from the meat in the preparing it is important, before fights in important moments it is very necessary to have a pure stomach.”

Prochazka added that he needed to feel light ahead of fights and this was one reason why he didn’t take meat before clashes.

Jiri Prochazka in UFC action
Jiri Prochazka of the Czech Republic punches Volkan Oezdemir of Switzerland in their light heavyweight fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The 27-year-old further claimed that he wasn’t nervous ahead of his UFC debut and believed he had more than enough skills to win every clash in the promotion.

The Light Heavyweight division needs more firepower to chase down Jon Jones, and it will be interesting to see what is next for the Czech giant.

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