Michael Bisping reveales who will rule the light heavyweight category

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Michael Bisping reveales who will rule the light heavyweight category

Shortly after the departure of Jon Jones from the light heavyweight category, the mentioned category became extremely tense and interesting. Jan Blachowicz held the throne for a time and now the champion is Glover Teixeira.

Except for the two mentioned, there are a number of upcoming challengers who shoot to the very top. Aleksandar Rakić, Magomed Ankalaev and Jiri Prochazka stand out, among others. It is the latter that will most likely be the next challenger.

The 29-year-old Prochazka is currently second in the challenger rankings, with only Blachowicz ahead of him. However, Blachowicz is waiting for a match against Rakic ​​on March 26, while Prochazka is waiting for an official contract for his belt match.

Only two victories under the auspices of the world's strongest MMA promotion were enough for this Czech fighter to reach the threshold of the throne of the category. He raised a lot of dust with such a fast rise, and Rakić, whom Prochazka visited in order, was especially angry.

Still, it should be noted that Jiri came to the UFC as a renowned fighter with as many as 30 professional appearances behind him. The UFC immediately threw him into the fire against fighters like Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes, and Prochazka responded with two knockouts in the second round.

We have already mentioned above that the light heavyweight category does not lack a challenger. Apart from Blachowicz and the three upcoming fighters, there are other names like Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos.

Michael Bisping on Jiri Prochazka

Yet Michael Bisping sees only one name on the throne of this category.

The former UFC middleweight champion believes that Prochazka will finish 2022 at the top of the light heavyweight division. "I think Jiri Prochazka will get his 'title shot' Fighting Glover won’t be easy for him because we haven’t seen what his (Jiri’s) defense against takedown and grappling is."

"But in the stand, man is violent, powerful, and unorthodox. He’s kind of crazy in a variety of ways, and that’s kind of the key to his success. He is very unpredictable." "I think that at this time, next year, Jiri Prochazka will be the one to rule the light heavyweight category, '' Bisping explained in an interview with BT Sport.

Of course, other challengers within the light heavyweight division will disagree. However, the good thing is that each of them will have the opportunity to show off inside the cage. Then we will get the right answers and find out if Michael Bisping was right or the light heavyweight still offers some better fighters than Jiri Prochazka.