Jiri Prochazka knocks out Dominick Reyes to earn title shot
The UFC Vegas 25 outcomes were cluttered with choice after choice, however the battle card ended up strong with 2 blistering surfaces in the primary and co-main occasions.
Jiri Prochazka knocks out Dominick Reyes to make title shot
Dominick Reyes rocked Jiri Prochazka and the Czech fighter returned the favor, all within the very first 2 minutes of the UFC Vegas 25 centerpiece. Reyes recuperated and took Prochazka to the canvas.
It didn’t take Prochazka long to return the battle to the feet, where he unloaded on Reyes, injuring the previous title competitor. Reyes wasn’t done, however, landing a number of mixes in the last minutes of the round. Prochazka consumed the shots and kept combing forward, bloodying Reyes’s nose.
The American addressed with a number of more punches, however Prochazka appeared to take the shots much better than Reyes and once again addressed with a blistering mix that shook Reyes prior to the round ended.
Reyes began round 2 strong, releasing with punch mixes and kicking Prochazka to the canvas. However the Czech kept pushing forward, revealing little result from the shots, as he kept tossing punches and kicks of his own.
Reyes rocked him and Prochazka altered levels, trying to find a takedown, rather getting captured in a guillotine choke. Reyes was up to his back, however could not complete the choke. Prochazka left and got up, Reyes dropped him with an upkick.
In some way enduring the harsh upkick, Prochazka once again returned the battle to the feet. A couple of minutes later on, Prochazka backed Reyes as much as the fence, releasing an ideal elbow followed by a left spinning back elbow that dropped Reyes deal with down on the canvas.
A previous Rizin FF light heavyweight champ and simply 2 battles into his UFC period, Prochazka is now anticipated to get a shot at the winner of the UFC light heavyweight champion bout in between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira, which is arranged for Sept. 4 at UFC 266.
Dealt With with the truth that UFC president Dana White stated he would get the title shot, Prochazka stated merely, “Oh, okay. Yeah, I’m ready. Let’s do that.”
“Before the UFC, all my fights were just teaching me and my team to get better and better to step into the UFC and take a title.”
Giga Chikadze completes Cub Swanson with the Giga Kick
The UFC Vegas 25 co-main occasion began with a great deal of guarantee, however ended rapidly with a harsh kick to the liver.
Giga Chikadze and Cub Swanson exchanged a number of tough punches in the opening minutes of the bout. Simply as the battle began to stream, Chikadze released his trademarked liver kick (aka the Giga Kick). The results were right away composed throughout Swanson’s tormented face as he was up to his knees.
Chikadze thought twice, briefly believing the referee may stop the battle. When the referee waited, Chikadze swarmed Swanson and landed a couple of punches that required an end to the bout at 1:03 of round one.
“I had to tell all of the guys in the Top 15 that I’m here. If you didn’t know my name, now you know,” Chikadze stated after the battle. “I had to bring the fire.”
After the triumph, Chikadze respectfully called out previous UFC featherweight champ Max Holloway.
“Max Holloway, it would be an honor to fight you because you are one of the best and I really want to fight you.”
THE GIGA KICK!
🇬🇪 @Giga_Chikadze is SO MUCH more than a prospect.
— UFC (@ufc) May 2, 2021
Ion Cutelaba and Dustin Jacoby ends in frustrating split draw
Ion Cutelaba put his battle with Dustin Jacoby at danger at Friday’s weigh-in, getting Jacoby around the neck throughout their face-off. Thankfully there wasn’t a repeat of the Jeremy Stephens vs. Drakkar Klose cancellation and the Cutelabla vs. Jacoby bout occurred as prepared. It was a toe-to-toe fight, however completion outcome left something to be preferred.
Jacoby began strong, looking much sharper on the feet, however Cutelaba ultimately took him down. Jacoby returned to his feet relatively rapidly whenever, however Cutelaba took him down consistently throughout the round, landing punches or elbows after almost every takedown.
Cutelaba returned to the takedown in round 2. It worked well for the very first couple minutes, however Jacoby started packing them and keeping Cutelaba at bay with his jab and periodically landing with his uppercut and ideal cross. Jacoby staggered Cutelaba with a right-hand man in the subsiding seconds of round 2, however could not put him down.
Jacoby began the last round with a tough kick to the body. Cutelaba kept swinging, however appeared like he’d lost an action or 2 given that the preliminary. Not as concerned about the takedown as he remained in round one, Jacoby was swinging with more power punches in the last frame.
Cutelaba dug deep and kept shooting back. Jacoby simply missed out on with a substantial flying knee and after that chose a takedown of his own. Cutelaba packed it. Jacoby got the takedown on his next effort, however it came with about 10 seconds left in the battle.
When the scorecards read, one judge saw it in favor of Jacoby, another in favor of Cutelaba, and the last judge ruled it a draw for a general outcome of a split draw.
(Photos thanks to UFC)
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UFC Vegas 25 Live Outcomes
UFC Vegas 25 Main Card
Centerpiece: Jiri Prochazka def Dominick Reyes by KO (elbows) at 4:29, R2
Co-main Occasion: Giga Chikadze vs Cub Swanson by TKO (body kick and punches) at 1:03, R1
Ion Cutelaba vs Dustin Jacoby ruled a split draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)
Sean Strickland def Krzysztof Jotko by consentaneous choice (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Merab Dvalishvili def Cody Stamann by consentaneous choice (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
UFC Vegas 25 Prelims
Luana Pinheiro def Randa Markos by disqualification (prohibited upkick) at 4:16, R1
TJ Brown def Kai Kamaka III by split choice (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Luana Carolina def Poliana Botelho by split choice (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Loma Lookboonmee def Sam Hughes by consentaneous choice (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Andreas Michailidis def KB Bhullar by consentaneous choice (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Filipe Colares def Luke Sanders by consentaneous choice (29-28, 29-38, 29-28)
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.