UFC champ Jiri Prochazka explains ‘dangerous situation’ of being stranded at sea

Jiri Prochazka and his friends were left in a perilous situation on the Croatia sea this week after the engine of their boat cut out after night time had fell.

The UFC Light Heavyweight champion, who has been enjoying some down time following his title triumph over veteran Glover Teixeira back in June, had taken to the sea with friends late last month.

Having posted Instagram updates throughout the trip, the 29-year-old's relaxation turned to nerves after their craft lost power with the sun about to go down for the night with land in the distance.

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Prochazka told Daily Star Sport: "It was a weird situation because our engine on the boat stopped.

"There was a storm which came to us and the sea was full of big waves. It was also night time and totally black.

"It was a little bit of a dangerous situation and we had to use the wind as our engine to sail somewhere safe."

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A friend of the Czech MMA icon had previously spoke of the tale to local outlet Sport – and was far more worried than his professional fighter acquaintance.

Matej Kretik said: "Suddenly, you find yourself on a ship that does terrible, strange things. She was tilting terribly, water was splashing everywhere."

Adding: "We were afraid all the time that the wind would blow the boat onto the reef and break it to pieces. We simply expected the worst."

Prochazka, who went from football hooligan to UFC champion via 29 wins from 33 professional bouts, found the way of the samurai moral values after reading a book handed to him by a coach.

The future MMA star tragically lost his father at the age of just six before growing up and looking to fight, meeting members of the hooligans supporters of FC Zbrojovka Brno.

Although he enjoyed the sense of community the fighting bought him, The Book of Five Rings changed his life and put him on a path to stardom.

Prochazka needed only two nights in the UFC to prove his title credentials with wins over Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes catching the eye of Dana White.

Having shaved off his samurai hairstyle after beating Teixeira by submission in the closing stages of a scrappy bout – he has now admitted that his fighting future is in the hands of the promotion.

Prochazka had previously called out Teixeira for a rematch having been behind in their fight before snatching victory – but Magomed Ankalaev and Jan Blachowicz want fights of their own.

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