Dominick Reyes and Jiri Prochazka clash on Saturday night in Las Vegas, in the main event of another UFC Fight Night. This will be a light heavyweight bout between two top contenders, one who had his chance to take the belt and the other who is in a hurry to get his shot at the title. We expect to see one very interesting and, above all, attractive fight. Both guys are superb strikers, who had a lot of highlight-reel KOs in the past, and we just might see another one on Saturday night.
Dominick Reyes (12-2) was undefeated until his previous two fights. Both of them were for the UFC light heavyweight belt, and on both occasions, the Devastator ended up on the losing side.
Against Jones, he was, well, let’s say, “robbed,” according to the majority of the fans and experts, as they believed that Bones, in fact, lost that bout. Truth to be told, Reyes did outpower the champ in the opening rounds but had a bit slower closure allowing Jones to fight back and escape what seemed a certain defeat at some point.
After that, Reyes clashed with Jan Blachowicz, who won via KO in the second round, erasing the rival’s dreams about the title. In that match, the Devastator had no chances to beat the Pole even though he entered the same as the favorite.
Overall, the resume of the 31-year old is solid. He holds wins over Chris Weidman, Volkan Oezdemir, Ovince Saint Preux, Jared Cannonier, and Jeremy Kimball.
Jiri Prochazka (27-3-1) is new in the UFC, but his MMA background is impressive. The Czech was the champions of several minor organizations, before winning the RIZIN light heavyweight belt in 2019 against King Mo. Later on, he beat Fabio Maldonado and CB Dollaway and then transferred to the UFC.
In his only appearance here so far, Prochazka was better than Volkan Oezdemir, whom he knocked out in the second round, pretty much leaving him unconscious. But even though he recorded an impressive finishing, we need to say that there were many loopholes in his performance.
Extremely long and athletic, Prochazka is a typical striker, who relies upon kickboxing. However, he tends to overexpose himself in certain situations, which could lead to a counter-attack. The Czech too tends to burn out early and lose too much of his energy, which is not desirable once you meet with one of the top guys in the division. Other than that, his potential is tremendous, as he possesses a fantastic physique.
Prochazka is the star in the making, and the hype around this guy is very big. However, we are not so sure whether he is ready to challenge the best fighters in the division. Despite Reyes’s latest two defeats, the American-Mexican is still a very good opponent and the person who can easily become the champion one day. Prochazka’s stamina is the No.1 question here. He rarely went to distance, to be exact, just once before. On the other side, Reyes knows how to behave in the latter stages of the battle.
Also, those reckless attacks he often uses might come back like a boomerang to the Czech. All this is the reason why we suggest betting on Reyes’ victory.
Pick: Reyes 0.98 at BetXChange