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UFC Fight Night: Dominick Reyes vs. Jiri Prochazka Main Event Picks

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UFC Fight Night: Dominick Reyes vs. Jiri Prochazka Main Event Picks
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship has a jam-packed schedule and this Saturday we are getting what should be a very entertaining light heavyweight fight between Dominick Reyes and Jiri Prochazka. Here’s a complete preview, including updated UFC odds and online betting picks.

Dominick Reyes vs. Jiri Prochazka

UFC Light Heavyweight Main Event Bout

Saturday, May 01, 2021 – 11:35 PM EDT at UFC Apex in Las Vegas

In the main event of the evening, Dominick Reyes faces Jiri Prochazka. UFC Fight Night: Reyes vs. Prochazka takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. A limited number of fans will be in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With plenty of betting lines and markets currently available, use our Odds Calculator to find some value for our UFC picks on Saturday’s main event.

Dominick Reyes. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Dominick Reyes

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

Many believe that Dominick Reyes should already be the UFC light heavyweight champion - he came as close to beating Jon Jones than any other fighter in recent history. After a dramatic unanimous decision not everyone agreed with at UFC 247 on February 8th, 2020, 'The Devastator' tried to reclaim what he believed was his but Jan Blachowicz stopped him in the second round at UFC 253 on September 26th.

A former footballer, Reyes is no stranger to athletic competition but his small 14-fight professional MMA career confuses casual fans as to why he's already fought for a title two times. However, there's a reason why he holds the nickname 'The Devastator.' It is not often that he has fought past five minutes and with only two losses on his record (only one by TKO) you can figure out the rest.

  • Born: December 26th, 1989
  • Age: 31
  • Country: United States
  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 205 lbs
  • Reach: 77″
  • Stance: Southpaw
  • Association: Cage Combat Academy
  • Class: Light Heavyweight
  • Record: 12-2

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
7 wins by KO/TKO4.53 Landed16% Accuracy
2 wins by Submission3.16 Absorbed82% Defended
3 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Believes he defeated Jon Jones
  • Great knockout power and speed
  • Durability, Reyes has been finished just once

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Lost his last two fights

Jiri Prochazka

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

Signing Jiri Prochazka was a no-brainer for the UFC, considering the talent that the decorated martial artist displayed in other promotions. Prochazka trained Muay Thai as a teenager in the Czech Republic and became a national world champion, so his transition to MMA was not surprising.

A former Rizin Fighting Federation light heavyweight champion, Prochazka obliterated the competition for over eight years before stopping Volkan Oezdemir in the second round in his debut with Dana White's company at UFC 251 on July 11th.

  • Born: October 14th, 1992
  • Age: 28
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 205 lbs
  • Reach: 80″
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Association: Jetsaam Gym Brno
  • Class: Light Heavyweight
  • Record: 27-3-1

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
24 wins by KO/TKO5.67 Landed0% Accuracy
2 wins by Submission7.05 Absorbed100% Defended
1 win by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Background in Muay Thai
  • Can fire quick jabs, hooks and uppercuts from the most awkward angles
  • Former Rizin Fighting Federation light heavyweight champion

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Alarming lack of defense

Prediction

Reyes has less martial arts experience than but he holds more elite experience than Prochazka. He has to make this fight a grappling war, drain and seek out a potential ground and pound situation. Prochazka has an unorthodox style and he has to keep this fight standing and make it a striking battle that Cruz may not be able to handle. I can't see Prochazka's recklessness working in his favor. Reyes has to test his takedown defense and utilize a wrestling strategy to remove all of Prochazka's dangerous tools. I honestly like my chances to make some money for Triple Crown betting here.

UFC Pick: Dominick Reyes +115 at YouWager (visit our YouWager Review)

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