It is all happening today in the UFC, with former title contender, Dominick Reyes set to go toe to toe with the streaking Jiri Prochazka, and franchise veteran, Cub Swanson, attempts to win his third straight and prove he has still got it at 37.
Dominick Reyes vs Jiri Prochazka
The light heavyweight battle between Dominick “Devastator” Reyes and Jiri “Denisa” Prochazka headlines this UFC fight night in a bout that will determine who is the true contender for a title shot.
The Devastator is the third ranked light heavyweight in the UFC, and for a while he was looking unstoppable, that was until he came up against Jon Jones, ending his 6 win streak in the UFC.
He was then given a shot against Jan Blachowicz at the end of 2020, and despite coming into the fight as a huge -300 favourite, Reyes was humbled by the Polish Power, losing his second straight bout.
Y’all must of forgot, “I’m Dominick Reyes!” pic.twitter.com/0dTm7ckzsM
— Dominick Reyes (@DomReyes) March 28, 2021
Prochazka on the other hand, is coming into this bout hot having won his last 11 professional fights, however it will be just his second fight in the UFC.
Denisa’s only fight in the UFC came against Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 251, and he looked incredibly confident from the get go, earning a second round victory and displaying his immense knockout power in the process.
Neither fighter likes taking it to the mat which means this fight will most likely be finished on their feet, in a striking match it is hard not to back Prochazka considering the opposing trajectories of either fighters careers.
Cub Swanson vs Giga Chikadze
This fight night is co-headlined by a bout between experienced UFC stalwart, Cub Swanson, and the Georgian Ninja, Giga Chikadze.
At 37 years old, Swanson is a veteran of the game, with a career in the UFC that spans back to 2007, Swanson has gone on some terrific runs in his time, even picking up big wins against the likes of a young Dustin Poirier.
After losing 4 straight games from 2017 to 2019 it looked like his career was coming to an end, however, after picking up a decision victory over Kron Gracie, and most recently a knockout win over Daniel Pineda, Swanson looks like a good matchup for an eager to prove himself, Chikadze.
“Swinging for the bleachers!”
— UFC (@ufc) April 29, 2021
The Ninja is coming into this one with 5 straight wins under his belt against mostly inexperienced opposition, but after his first round knockout victory of Jamey Simmons in November last year, Chikadze has earnt this bout.
Aside from that knockout win, Chikadze’s previous 4 bouts have gone to a decision, Swanson holds a very similar record, with the majority of his fights ending by decision, or by him submitting.
Considering that Chikadze will most likely prefer to keep this fight on the feet and trade blows, a decision victory looks likely. With only a few fights against high quality opponents we are not sold on Chikadze to beat Swanson, the veteran striker has proven himself as someone that can halt a streaking up and comer.
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*Odds correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.
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