The UFC star was born in the Czech Republic and lost his father when he was six years old, leaving him without any authority figures.
Before being engaged in football hooliganism, he conducted his life according to his own principles, ignoring advise from his mother and instructors.
Fighting with other FC Zbrojovka Brno fans, Prochazka was drawn to the sense of togetherness that he believed hooliganism provided, but he lacked that deeper purpose – until a book given to him by his MMA teacher changed everything.
“I adopted it as my own, and that was the primary reason I began to think in that manner – to study philosophy and all these books on combat.”
“The term ‘purpose’ is a nice one. It altered my life because, as I previously stated, I had no rules in my life when my father died, so I was seeking for some solid facts and concepts that I could incorporate into my life.”
Prochazka put football hooliganism behind after reading the book and focused on his quest as a samurai and professional MMA fighter.
He’s earned a reputation as one of the sport’s most spectacular fighters, with 11 finishes in 12 straight victories, and he’ll meet Brazil’s Teixeira for the light-heavyweight championship in Singapore on Saturday.
When Teixeira defeated Jan Blachowicz in October at the age of 42, he became the UFC’s oldest first-time champion.
On the undercard, Poland’s Jedrzejczyk makes her comeback to the octagon after a two-year absence when she fights Zhang Weili in a repeat of their thrilling 2020 clash. Weili, 32, of China, earned a split decision to win the UFC strawweight title in what many consider to be the finest women’s battle in MMA history.
Jedrzejczyk hasn’t fought since, but she’s back with the hopes of avenging her loss and cementing her status as one of the all-time great strawweights.
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