We may have had to wait a little longer for Dominick Reyes vs. Jiri Prochazka to step into the Octagon, but UFC Vegas 25 was more fitting as they got the opportunity to unleash their power in the main event.
Jiri Prochazka’s UFC debut showcased what fans expected from him throughout his MMA career, and that is his knockout power. A second-round finish of a former light heavyweight title challenger, Volkan Oezdemir, showed that his path to UFC Gold was off to a solid start. Jiri looks to continue rising through the ranks to number one contender with a victory over the man who has back-to-back shots at the title. With a win over Dominick Reyes, Jiri Prochazka could quite possibly make a case that he is the man next in line to face the winner between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira.
Dominick Reyes looks to derail the berserker train in the light heavyweight that is Jiri Prochazka. Reyes has been to the top of the division twice with the shot at Jon Jones’ title and most recently Jan Blachowicz, only to get the bitter taste of defeat. Getting past a rising star like Jiri Prochazka could be the ticket to keep him in line for another shot at UFC Gold. Getting back into the title picture, Dominick Reyes hopes that the third time is the charm to having Dana White one day wrap the title around his waist.
The damage Jiri Prochazka inflicted on Dominick Reyes early in the first was visibly noticeable going into the second round. Dominick Reyes did not go out without a fight, connecting with damaging shots and almost locking up a submission. But Jiri Prochazka managed to escape and get back to his feet. After a brief exchange, Jiri ended the fight with a beautiful spinning elbow which sent Reyes to the canvas. What an amazing finish from Jiri Prochazka!
PROS GIVE THEIR TAKE
Here is how the pros reacted to the main event between Dominick Reyes and Jiri Prochazka at UFC Vegas 25.
Me vs you in Cieszyn
🇵🇱 Prince vs 🇨🇿 Samurai
Sword vs Katana
— Jan Blachowicz (@JanBlachowicz) May 2, 2021
Man, I feel like @USMAN84kg felt in May 2018…
To quote the great champ 'I'M A PROBLEM!!'
Watch how none of these guys mention my name, ever.
— Aleksandar Rakic (@rakic_ufc) May 2, 2021
Damnnnn that was madness 👊🏿🤯 #UFCVegas25
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) May 2, 2021
This dude Prochazka is like a avalanche going downhill. He just blitzes these dudes. He uses his cardio as a weapon , has a fantastic chin and great finishing instincts. I’m very excited about this dude!
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) May 2, 2021
Ok I know what my next hairstyle plan is. #UFCVegas25
— Kevin Holland (@Trailblaze2top) May 2, 2021
Dude was on a mission !
— Dan “50k” Ige (@Dynamitedan808) May 2, 2021
That dude legit! True contender for the 205 belt.
— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) May 2, 2021
Spinning back elbow knockout 😳😳🤯
— Billy Q (@BillyQMMA) May 2, 2021
What a finish wow!!!! 😯 #UFCVegas25
— Mallory Martin (@MalloryyMartin) May 2, 2021
My word!!!!!! Brutal!! #UFCVegas25
— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) May 2, 2021
Jesus Christ 🙄 scary ! #UFCVegas25
— Casey Oneill (@kingcaseymma) May 2, 2021
That was a BEAUTIFUL spinning elbow!! WOW!! Speechless on this one! Entertaining fight from beginning to end!! I hope Reyes is ok after that one 🙏🏾 #UFCVegas25
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) May 2, 2021
Yo I want the smoke that would be the perfect fight for me!!!#UFCVegas25
— Jamahal “Sweet Dreams” Hill (@JamahalH) May 2, 2021
JIRI!! Wow! That was insane! Kudos to Reyes who came to fight aswell. 👏 Prochazka is legit #UFCVegas25
— Vince Morales (@vandetta135) May 2, 2021
Must’ve learned that spinning elbow on the streets of Bangkok #UFCVegas25
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) May 2, 2021
😳 holy moly! Spinning elbow 😮#UFCVegas25
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) May 2, 2021
The reaction time on Prochazka is absolutely incredible. What a performance! Wild fight. #UFCVegas25
— Tanner Boser (@BulldozerBoser) May 2, 2021
Damn good luck to you guys at 205 Prochazka sheesh @ufc
— Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) May 2, 2021
That was cleannn!!! Prochazka is cold 😲😲 #UFCVegas25
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) May 2, 2021