Midnight Mania! Jiri Prochazka accused by crazed fans of faking injury in USADA cover up conspiracy | UFC 295
Welcome to Midnight Mania!
Jiri Prochazka looked good on the scales earlier on Friday (Nov. 10, 2023), his first weigh-in since June 2022. In truth, the beacon of masculinity looked about the same as we’ve come to expect throughout his UFC career.
According to some fight fans, that’s a red flag! This may come as a surprise, but there are quite a few conspiracy theorists who hang out in MMA social media circles, and they have come to an interesting conclusion. According to handful of fight fans, Prochazka looks too good on the scale, as he should be showing more wear-and-tear from the shoulder injury that cost him his belt — an injury UFC CEO Dana White described as “He f—king ripped the s—t out of it.”
Why fake an injury? Prochazka is accused of pretending to get injured to cover up a USADA suspension, which is the REAL REASON that he’s been sidelined for most of a year.
Check out some of the accusations from MMA Twitter:
Jiri was never injured.
USADA tested him more in a month than any other fighter on the roster in the entire year of 2022.
Then he had the “worst shoulder injury in the history of the UFC”.
Returns a year later with no scar and it’s as if it never even happened.
— cotydankh (@CotyJitsu) November 10, 2023
The UFC is the same company that fucked over Mark Hunt by hiding Brock’s positive PED tests. This can 1000% be true ngl
— (@JayMMA4) November 10, 2023
There is at least an element of truth to the conspiracy theory. Prochazka is the most frequently tested fighter by USADA on the roster, to the point that the frequent testing is keeping him up at night. The rest, however, seems a little bit far-fetched.
MMAmania’s own Alex Behunin was there when Prochazka hurt himself, and he did his best to reply and shut down the rumors. “I was there the day it happened and I have never heard someone scream in pain like he did,” Behunin tweeted. “Terrible stuff.”
Regardless of whether or not Prochazka wrecked his shoulder or pulled off one of the greatest deceptions in recent memory, he’s another few hours away from facing off with Alex Pereira in the main event of UFC 295 from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
Hopefully his shoulder is up to the task!
It’s always cool to see former opponents friendly outside of the cage.
Mackenzie Dern has been a Top Five-ranked Strawweight in the world for a while now, yet she just recently learned what is pretty much a Day One striking concept …
Terrance McKinney started filling out his back with new ink.
In case anyone was unaware, Sergei Pavlovich is a BIG LAD!
Y’all thought Mike Perry was satisfied trading body shots with Eddie Alvarez? Not likely!
Tito Ortiz’s nearly five-decade war with the English language continues.
Prochazka’s reactions are ON POINT!
Slips, rips, and KO clips
A great knockout from early in the career of the legendary Roberto Duran:
I’m always raving about Duran’s jab. Not because it’s the best, but because he could get the guy jabbing back and then time the counter. Lazy jab, lazy jab, slip, time to go. pic.twitter.com/tX9zEAbzol
— Jack Slack (@JackSlackMMA) November 9, 2023
Such a random KO off a sequence we saw all the time in MMA.
Delayed reaction KO off a rear straight to the body, one of the more underutilized punches in four ounce gloves.
Florida is a wild ecosystem.
Burmese pythons are considered invasive in the Florida Everglades: they prey upon a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles even alligators of considerable size.
Recently, a 5-ft alligator was found in the stomach of an 18-ft python by national park workers.pic.twitter.com/jtrtG63CVc
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) November 10, 2023
Midnight Music: Hip-hop, 2019
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.
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TWO TITLES UP FOR GRABS! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) makes its highly anticipated return to Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sat., Nov. 11, 2023, with a re-worked pay-per-view (PPV) main card. In the ESPN+-streamed main event, former 205-pound roost-ruler, Jiri Prochazka, will lock horns with ex-Middleweight kingpin, Alex Pereira, for the promotion’s vacant Light Heavyweight title. In UFC 295’s co-main event, top-ranked Heavyweight contenders, Sergei Pavlovich (No. 2) and Tom Aspinall (No. 4), will collide for the interim strap after division champion, Jon Jones, was injured with a torn pectoral muscle and forced to withdraw (video).
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