Prochazka explains horror injury was from suplex in the gym

‘It was a suplex right on my shoulder… then a Russian guy put it back in’: Jiri Prochazka explains horror injury, with Czech UFC star set for up to NINE MONTHS out of action

  • Jiri Prochazka was forced to pull out of UFC 282 title defence earlier this month
  • He is set for a prolonged spell out of action due to serious shoulder injury
  • Dana White said doctor described it as one of the worst he had ever seen
  • Prochazka explained that he did not want to risk it like TJ Dillashaw 
  • Magomed Ankalaev and Jan Blachowicz fought out draw for vacant belt 

Jiri Prochazka has opened up about the horrendous shoulder injury that will keep him out of action for up to nine months. 

The Czech light-heavyweight, who vacated his title and dropped out of the scheduled UFC 282 rematch with Glover Teixeira, had not previously revealed how it happened. 

He explained on the MMA Hour: ‘Everything was light, nobody did something wrong, but I did a mistake. I let the guy take my back. He did a suplex right on my shoulder. That was that.’

Jiri Prochazka (left), pictured with his physiotherapist, has a nasty shoulder injury

A suplex is a wrestling move that involves throwing an opponent over the back and can lead to them landing on their, head, neck, shoulder or back. 

Evidently the impact was enormous and caused the damage to Prochazka’s shoulder. 

Dana White later revealed that the UFC doctor described it as one of the worst shoulder injuries he’d ever seen. 

‘The shoulder was out, and one guy, he put me that shoulder back — one of the Russian guys from Ankalaev’s team. And after that, we went to the hospital.’

White said the real damage was done by incorrectly trying to shove the shoulder back into place. 

Prochazka (top) shocked Glover Teixeira with just 30 seconds left on the clock back in June

Prochazka refuses to blame anyone but himself and is set for at least six months off, with differing prognosis but some claiming it will be as many as nine months. 

He vacated the title to allow the division to move on without him, although Magomed Ankalaev and Jan Blachowicz fought to a split draw in the contest that was supposed to claim the belt. 

Now it will be on the line when Teixeira meets Jamahal Hill at UFC 283 early next year. 

Prochazka went on to say he opted to sort the shoulder out rather than risk continued damage, as TJ Dillashaw did to his detriment, prompting the bantamweight to retire. 

He said: ‘I was] still thinking about that I had to go to the fight, because I believe that I can solve it — I can solve the fight [despite my injury]. 

The Czech fighter vacated his belt so as not to hold up the light-heavyweight division

‘I can end it in the first or second round. To not be there longer than is necessary. But everybody knows the story about T.J. Dillashaw [at UFC 280]. 

‘So I want to be professional, and I want to be humble to my team around me, to the UFC, and to my opponent.’

He added: ‘For me, I want to stay the champion. It doesn’t matter if I’m injured. But if it’s the best for the light heavyweight division right now, to make it better, for me, it doesn’t matter. 

‘My way is to be the best fighter in the world, not just in the light heavyweight division. So that’s why I vacated the title and wait for my moment to be in full power, and take it back.’

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