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UFC 300 live blog: Jiri Prochazka vs. Aleksandar Rakic

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Jiri Prochazka and Aleksandar Rakic face off ahead of UFC 300
Jiri Prochazka and Aleksandar Rakic face off ahead of UFC 300 | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

This is the UFC 300 live blog for Jiri Prochazka vs. Aleksandar Rakic, the featured prelim fight this Saturday in Las Vegas.

Making his UFC debut in 2020, Prochazka immediately made waves with a pair of highlight reel knockout wins over Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes. That earned Prochazka light heavyweight title shot against Glover Teixeira at UFC 275, and he was able to capitalize, submitting Teixeira in the final minute of one of the greatest fights of all time. A shoulder injury forced Prochazka to vacate his title later that year, and when he did return, he fell short against Alex Pereira for the vacant belt. His first fight since, Prochazka hopes to reinsert himself in the 205-pound title picture with a win over Rakic.

An unsung hero of the light heavyweight division, Rakic has quietly put together an impressive resume in the weight class. 6-1 in the UFC at the time, Prochazka was on the cusp of a title shot until suffering a knee injury against Jan Blachowicz in 2022. His first fight back since that unfortunate incident, Rakic hopes to stake his claim to a title fight with a win over the former champion.

Check out the UFC 300 featured prelim live blog below.

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