Jiri Prohazka answered the challenge of Aleksandar Rakic

Former UFC bantamweight champion Jiri Prochazka is ready to replace Jan Blachowicz in a fight against Aleksandar Rakic if the Austrian fighter agrees to make the fight one or two months late.

“I’m in, but the earliest I can get back in the octagon is February-March. Do you accept?” the Czech Republic representative wrote on social media, addressing his potential opponent.

A few hours ago, Rakic announced that the Pole had pulled out of his upcoming bout, which was scheduled to take place on Jan. 20 at UFC 297 in Toronto, and suggested Prochazka would step in as a replacement.

Recall that the bantamweight fight was supposed to be a rematch. Last May, Aleksandar Rakic was unable to continue his fight with Jan Blachowicz, suffering a knee injury in the third round, and has not returned to the octagon since.

Jiri Prochazka made a failed attempt to regain his championship belt on Nov. 11, losing by second-round technical knockout to Alex Pereira at UFC 295 in New York.