Man what a slugfest this one was from start to finish!
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 after KO’ing former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir in round two of his UFC debut.
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.
Continue reading to see how our epic light-heavyweight main event went down:
Official Result: Jiri Prochazka def. Dominick Reyes via KO (elbow) at 4:29 of round two
Both men come out cautious initially at the start of round one, as they intelligently should have.
Prochazka is lunging inward looking to land his punches, but is getting far too close and is getting clipped because of it.
Reyes is doing a good job of evading Prochazka’s strikes for the most part, as he’s getting his body kick going. He then secures a takedown on Prochazka and has him down momentarily, before Prochazka is back to his feet.
It was at this point that Prochazka really started to piece Reyes up, badly. All the brutal combinations he was landing on Reyes were insane, it’s a wonder Reyes didn’t go down, he was getting hit with a lot of hard shots.
Unlike the beginning of the round, Prochazka finds his range toward the middle of it and keeps Reyes at the end of it, very technically and beautifully we might add.
Prochazka did hurt Reyes twice in round one, and he didn’t give him any breathing room once he did. Reyes continued firing back as Prochazka was coming in for the kill, and it aided him in surviving until round two.
Once the second round starts, more of the same occurred. Reyes ended up hurting Prochazka with a vicious shot and Prochazka dives on Reyes’ legs and gets locked in a guillotine choke.
Prochazka defends the choke and reigns down some heavy ground-and-pound from the top, until Reyes makes his way back up. It wasn’t long after this where Prochazka throws and partially lands a nasty elbow, followed by a spinning back elbow, which KO’d Reyes on the spot.
Prochazka is now on a 12-fight win streak, and he’s now 2-0 in the UFC with two second-round knockout victories.
Reyes on the other hand has fallen short in his last three outings, going from 12-0 to 12-3, being knocked out at 4:36 and 4:29 of round two in each of his last two bouts.
It looks like we’ll have the winner of Jan Blachowicz versus Glover Teixeira face the former Rizin champion!