Thiago Santos wants to test Jiri Prochazka’s chin after UFC Fight Night 193: ‘I’m here’

Thiago Santos sees a matchup with Jiri Prochazka as his gateway to a title shot after emerging victorious from the UFC Fight Night 193 main event.

Santos (22-9 MMA, 14-8 UFC) snapped his three-fight losing skid on Saturday with a unanimous decision win over Johnny Walker (18-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in the light heavyweight headliner at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The Brazilian delivered a remarkable performance in the last fight of his current UFC contract.

Although he is 1-3 in his four fights, “Marreta” believes he’s still a top contender for 205 pounds. He lost to Jon Jones in a split decision, Glover Teixeira was defeated by Glover Teixeira and Aleksandar Rakic was defeated. All of these fights occurred after serious knee surgery ..

“I went through hard times since when I did my surgery – it’s hard to recover,” Santos told MMA Junkie and other media post-fight at UFC Fight Night 193. “I quit fighting for over a year and half. I fought Glover and lost. I lost another fight against Rakic. I was not beaten. It’s a hard fight. They were tough men. I fought them. Every fight makes me feel better. It is important to me. I climb up and down. … I was 100 percent going to fight better against Johnny Walker and this happened.

” I think I deserve more. I want to be the champion. I believe I am worthy of top 5. I have one more fight, and if I win that fight, I will be able to go for the title shot again. I believe I have earned that. I fought against the No. 10 (in the UFC rankings). I’m looking for a top 5 to bring me back to the title shot .”

In Santos’ mind, Prochazka (28-3-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) would be the perfect fit to elevate him to where he wants to be. In just two fights, the former Rizin FF champ made a huge splash on the UFC scene. He also won a “Fight Of The Year” contest in May with Dominick Reyes.

Prochazka is currently tabbed as the backup for the UFC 267 main event between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira on Oct. 30. He’s unlikely to face the winner if his services are not required.

Santos would like to offer an alternative, but that’s not a fight with him.

“Jiri PROCHAZKA, if he doesn’t want (title) fight – I’m here,” Santos stated. I can fight against him. He is a great fighter. I can watch his fights. He believes his chin is strong but he didn’t fight against ‘The Hammer.’ If he wants to test it, I’m there. .”

For now, Santos stated that he will take a week off to enjoy the fruits and vegetables of his labor. He was in desperate need of a win at UFC Fight Night 193, and although it wasn’t as spectacular as some of his other wins, he got the result he needed.

” I know it’s not always possible to win the fight but I tried,” Santos stated. He is a tough man. He is large, but he’s fast. I tried my best but I lost that fight. There is no question that was my .

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