What a war this one turned out to be!
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the UFC Apex once again tonight, May 1, 2021, as UFC Vegas 25 gets underway on ESPN 2 and ESPN+.
Headlining the event comes an incredible light-heavyweight showdown between top five talents Dominick Reyes and Jiri Prochazka. This is such a great match up for so many reasons.
Many people look at Reyes as a one-time UFC light-heavyweight champion, considering more people scored his title shot against Jon Jones for him than Jones, and Prochazka is a two-time Rizin light-heavyweight champion.
Not to mention, they’re both knockout artists. Reyes comes into the fight ranked at No. 3 while coming off two defeats, the first and second of his young career. Prochazka on the other hand is coming in on an 11-fight win streak.
Co-headlining the event comes a featherweight bout between former 38-6 professional kickboxer Giga Chikadze, who looks to make it six-straight inside the octagon against the most experienced featherweight on the roster, Cub Swanson.
Our feature fight of the evening came in the light-heavyweight division between dangerous finishers Ion Cutelaba and Dustin Jacoby. Cutelaba was coming off back-to-back defeats to Magomed Ankalaev coming in, while Jacoby was 2-0 since his return to the UFC.
Continue reading to see how this incredible feature bout went down:
Official Result: Ion Cutelaba vs. Dustin Jacoby ends in a draw
Cutelaba comes out and has a very strong round one, securing eight takedowns and landing a number of punches and elbows to Jacoby, who worked his way up each time, but was taking a serious amount of damage.
They weren’t the most technical takedowns; Cutelaba secured the body lock and dragged him down each time, but they were very effective.
It was a wonder how discouraged the former kickboxer was after round one, especially considering all the energy expended trying to defend the takedowns, as well as getting up after being taken down. However, Cutelaba also expended a lot of energy, and was the slower party throughout the rest of the fight considering.
Cutelaba did secure one takedown early in round two, but it was all striking from there on out. Jacoby picked Cutelaba apart for the majority of the rest of the fight, but Cutelaba also landed a number of heavy punches himself.
It appeared round one was certainly a 10-8 for Cutelaba, and rounds two and three were 10-9 for Jacoby. However, one judge scored the bout 29-28 for Jacoby, one scored it 29-28 for Cutelaba, and one scored it 28-28, resulting in a split draw. What a fight this was!