A highly intriguing light heavyweight bout is seemingly on the horizon.
According to a report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, UFC President Dana White has confirmed that the promotion is targeting a bout between former title challenger Dominick Reyes and former RIZIN champion Jiri Prochazka to headline a UFC Fight Night card on Feb. 27.
The 30-year-old Reyes, a former collegiate football player, began his mixed martial arts career a perfect 12-0 before earning a 205-pound title shot against then-champion Jon Jones at UFC 247 in February 2020. Jones and Reyes ended up doing battle over the course of five competitive rounds and many actually felt as if Reyes should’ve received the nod, although it was Jones who was named the winner via unanimous decision.
Most recently, Dominick Reyes suffered a one-sided second-round TKO defeat to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 253 in a fight for the vacant 205-pound title.
Overall, however, “The Devastator” owns a 6-2 UFC record that includes victories over Jared Cannonier, Ovince Saint Preux, Volkan Oezdemir, and Chris Weidman.
Prochazka, meanwhile, recently made his UFC debut at UFC 251 in July where he scored an impressive second-round TKO victory over Oezdemir. The 28-year-old Czech native is widely regarded as a name to watch in the UFC’s light heavyweight division and is currently riding an 11-fight winning streak that includes victories over the likes of Jake Heun, Brandon Halsey, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, and C.B. Dolloway.
It’s currently unclear where this event would take place and no other fights have been announced for it just yet.
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