We have a very exciting event going down this Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 1, as we get underway for UFC Vegas 25 (UFC on ESPN 23), headlined by light-heavyweight contenders Dominick Reyes and Jiri Prochazka.
Reyes (No. 3) is coming off back-to-back defeats after opening up his career with a 12-0 record, while Prochazka comes in on an 11-fight win streak. Many believe Reyes should however be a one-time UFC light-heavyweight champion, far more people scored his title shot against Jon Jones for him than Jones.
Prochazka (No. 5) on the other hand is a former two-time Rizin light-heavyweight champion. This is an incredible 205 lb showdown between two top five knockout artists.
Co-headlining the event is also a match up of strikers, as 38-6 professional kickboxer Giga Chikadze takes on one of the most experienced featherweights on the planet, one of the better boxers, and more creative strikers in the division, Cub Swanson.
Continue reading for the full UFC Vegas 25 fight card:
Main Card: ESPN 2 & ESPN+ at 10pm ET/9pm CT/7pm ET
Light-Heavyweight: Dominick Reyes (12-2) vs. Jiri Prochazka (27-3-1)
Featherweight: Giga Chikadze (12-2) vs. Cub Swanson (27-11)
Light-Heavyweight: Ion Cutelaba (15-6) 1 NC vs. Dustin Jacoby (14-5)
Middleweight: Sean Strickland (22-3) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (22-4)
Bantamweight: Merab Dvalishvili (12-4) vs. Cody Stamann (19-3-1)
Women’s Flyweight: Poliana Botelho (8-3) vs. Luana Carolina (6-2)
Preliminary Card: ESPN 2 & ESPN+ at 7pm ET/6pm CT/4pm PT
Women’s Strawweight: Randa Markos (10-10-1) vs. Luana Pinheiro (8-1)
Featherweight: Gabriel Benitez (22-8) vs. Jonathan Pierce (10-4)
Featherweight: Kai Kamaka III (8-3) vs. TJ Brown (14-8)
Women’s Strawweight: Sam Hughes (5-2) vs. Loma Lookboonmee (5-2)
Middleweight: KB Bhullar (8-1) vs. Andreas Michailidis (12-4)
Featherweight: Luke Sanders (13-4) vs. Felipe Colares (9-2)
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