UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. Prochazka Preview
Two of the top light heavyweights in the UFC will square off in Las Vegas this Saturday night when No. 3 Dominick Reyes faces No. 5 Jiri Prochazka. These two fighters are pretty evenly matched in the eyes of the oddsmakers, so this should be a superb fight. Ion Cutelaba will be in action as part of the main card too, making this a good chance to get up to speed on the class.
After spending last week in Jacksonville for UFC 261, the action will return to the UFC Apex training center in Las Vegas, Nevada for this event. The preliminary card will get underway at 7 p.m. ET with the main card starting at 10 p.m. ET. ESPN2 and ESPN+ will broadcast the promotion.
UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. Prochazka Betting Odds
Jiri Prochazka -129
Dominick Reyes +109
Reyes was 12-0 before his title fight against Jon Jones at UFC 247. He lost a unanimous decision to Jones with the belt on the line, and then lost to current title holder Jan Blachowicz at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi back in September. It’s interesting to see him as a slight underdog here given his only two losses were against the two best fighters in the division, and he scored convincing wins over Jared Cannonier and Chris Weidman in the last few years.
This will be Prochazka’s second fight in the UFC. He was previously fighting in different promotions in Eastern Europe and Japan, and he picked up a lot of first round knockouts. His knockout early in the second round of UFC 251 against Volkan Oezdemir proved his power carried over. However, Prochazka is getting too much respect from the oddsmakers.
Giga Chikadze -171
Cub Swanson +146
We have seen Chikadze win seven straight fights as a lightweight. Four of those have been by decision (two by split), but he has shown some explosiveness too with three of those fights coming to a close in the first round. However, we have yet to see him beat anyone of note. Cub Swanson will be his toughest test yet.
Swanson is 37 years old and has been with the UFC for almost a decade. He has never won a title, or even competed for one, but he has made a name for himself with his power. Swanson has been involved in six Fight of the Nights and two Knockout of the Nights in his career. Although he has lost four of his last six fights, he is a nice play at this price.
Ion Cutelaba -121
Dustin Jacoby +101
Cutelaba has a ton of power. Of his 15 wins, 12 have been by knockout, and 11 of those KOs came in the first round. That led to him being fast-tracked, but he has come up short against solid fighters like Jared Cannonier, Glover Teixeira, and Magomed Ankalaev.
Jacoby took this fight on short notice. Cutelaba was supposed to face off with Devin Clark, but Clark pulled out of the bout 10 days ago. Jacoby has won four straight fights coming into this one, including impressive winners over Justin Ledet and Maxim Grishin. It’s not often you see a fighter come in at short notice and have relatively even odds, so take a long look at Jacoby.