UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs Prochazka takes place next Saturday. The two light heavyweights promise to deliver a good fight, as they both have a similar approach in the octagon. Both these guys are vicious strikers whose wins came mostly after clean and powerful hits. Reyes had two chances to win the championship belt, failing to use at least one, while on the other side, Prochazka came into the UFC as the Rizin champion.
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Dominick Reyes +110
The Devastator, as the fans call this guy, lost two in a row after 12 straight wins. Among those victories, Reyes defeated several respectable names such as Jared Cannonier, Ovince Saint Preux, Volkan Oezdemir, and Chris Weidman. He then received a chance to fight for the title against Jon Jones in February 2020. Even though losing the bout unanimously, he amazed the world, forcing a vast majority of the fans to criticize the judges after they declared Bones the winner.
Once the belt got vacated, Reyes got another chance to fight for the belt, only this time he suffered a massive KO against the current champ, Jan Blachowicz. The 31-year old prefers to deliver damage through kick-boxing, but he knows to find a way around on the ground as well, posting three submission wins throughout his career.
Jiri Prochazka -130
The Czech came to the UFC as the Rizin light heavyweight champion. He earned the belt defeating Muhammed Lawal and after that win won twice more in that organization, against Fabio Maldonado and CB Dollaway. Prochazka’s debut in the UFC was against Volkan Oedemir, whom he defeated via KO in the second round.
The 28-year old has tremendous KO potential, and from his 27 wins, 24 were following a knockout. Lengthy arms, and powerful punches create trouble for every one of his opponents. The organization decided to test him right away against No.3 in the division, meaning that they have high hopes for this guy.
Reyes vs Prochazka Prediction
Even though Prochazka stands as a favorite among the bookmakers and some of the experts, we would go with Reyes in this case. The Czech beat Oezdemir, but he showed many weaknesses in that battle, two being the most notable. The first one is space for the counter while attacking, which Oezdermir used in the first round, and the second is cardio. He looked exhausted at the end of the first. Prochazka went to distance just once in his career, which raises some doubts about his stamina.
All this suggests that betting on Reyes is worth risking, especially with the odds doubling the stakes, +100.