UFC Fight Night Reyes vs. Prochazka: Live results and analysis
Dominick Reyes is in a peculiar spot. He will enter Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event in Las Vegas on a two-fight losing streak, which lends a do-or-die significance to his light heavyweight bout with Jiri Prochazka.
But that’s a harsh consequence for Reyes, considering who those losses came against. The first one, in February 2020, came in a title fight against Jon Jones, arguably the greatest fighter ever, not just at 205 pounds but in MMA as a whole. The second Reyes defeat came last September in a fight with Jan Blachowicz for the then-vacant belt.
Two title fight losses for Reyes, the first two losses of the Californian’s career.
Now he faces Prochazka, who has just one UFC under his belt — but what a performance it was. In July, the native of the Czech Republic knocked out former light heavyweight title challenger Volkan Oezdemir. It was Prochazka’s 11th win in a row, with all but one of them coming by knockout.
“I don’t need to prove anything, even to myself,” Reyes said. “I’ve already climbed the mountain and earned the respect of the world. All I need to do is touch the top. There’s no need to put all this extra stress on [myself.]”
The Reyes-Prochazka clash headlines an 11-fight card at UFC Apex. ESPN’s Marc Raimondi and Jeff Wagenheim analyze the results throughout the night.
Fight in progress:
Men’s featherweight: Luke Sanders (13-4, -135) vs. Felipe Colares (9-2, +115)
Still to come:
Light heavyweight: Dominick Reyes (12-2, +105) vs. Jiri Prochazka (27-3, -125)
Men’s featherweight: Giga Chikadze (12-2, -175) vs. Cub Swanson (27-11, +150)
Light heavyweight: Ion Cutelaba (15-6, -125) vs. Dustin Jacoby (14-5, +105)
Middleweight: Sean Strickland (22-3, 180) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (22-4, +230)
Men’s bantamweight: Merab Dvalishvili (12-4, -240) vs. Cody Stamann (19-3-1, +200)
Strawweight: Randa Markos (10-11-1, +145) vs. Luana Pinheiro (8-1, -270)
Men’s featherweight: Kai Kamaka III (8-3, -140) vs. TJ Brown (14-8, +120)
Catchweight (128.5 pounds): Poliana Botelho (8-3, -260) vs. Luana Carolina (6-2, +210)
Strawweight: Loma Lookboonmee (5-2, -400) vs. Sam Hughes (5-2, +310)
Middleweight: Andreas Michailidis (12-4, -220) vs. KB Bhullar (8-1, +180)
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