Prochazka (28-3-1 MMA, 2- UFC) picked up a top prospect for “Knockout of the Year” on Saturday when he flattened Reyes (12-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) with a spinning again elbow in the 2nd spherical of their primary occasion matchup at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
UFC president Dana White reported prior to the party that the winner of the headlining bout would be up coming for champion Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira, who are envisioned to combat for the 205-pound belt in September. He could only be two fights into his octagon tenure, but Prochazka agrees he’s earned it.
“Yes, I assume I are entitled to that combat, but my journey in the UFC is so brief and I’m not having fun with that so significantly like I want,” Prochazka instructed reporters, which include MMA Junkie, article-combat at UFC on ESPN 23. “But I consider yeah, I should have that title struggle. Yeah.”
The battle involving Prochazka and Reyes was a wild a single whilst it lasted. They slugged it out on the feet for much more than a spherical, then Prochazka landed the breathtaking knockout blow to protected “Performance of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” honors.
He didn’t show substantially regard for his defense in the fight, and said the ultimate blow was not something he’s practiced or envisioned to end the task.
“That was a just the move,” Prochazka said. “Just the movement. Which is why I have this antenna (my hair), to capture these suggestions. … Did you see my blocks? My defense. In the to start with combat (in my UFC debut), there was not (protection). There’s not so a lot protection in this battle, but it is how it labored. I nonetheless bought to resolve some items.”
It was a scary scene within the octagon when Prochazka knocked out Reyes. It took a couple of minutes, but Reyes did leave the cage under his very own electricity, and shared a instant of regard with Prochazka when he regained consciousness.
Prochazka reported he retains Reyes in significant regard, and was content to set a best-rated identify on his resume.
“It’s a fantastic experience,” Prochazka said. “Dominick was a wonderful opponent and he’s a great, wonderful dude, like a person. Just after the battle and in advance of the combat I felt from him, just nothing. No hate – just pure battling, which is what it is about. That’s what I like.”