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Dominick Reyes vs Jiri Prchazka – Light Heavyweight Division
Dominick Reyes (+110)
Cub Swanson vs Giga Chikadze – Featherweight Division
Giga Chikadze (-182)
Ion Cutelaba vs Dustin Jacoby – Light Heavyweight Division
Dustin Jacoby (+110)
Sean Strickland vs Krzysztof Jotko – Middleweight Division
Krzysztof Jotko (+195)
Merab Dvalishvili vs Cody Stamann – Bantamweight Division
Merab Dvalishvili (-250)
|Reyes vs Prochazka Information|
|What||UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs Prochazka|
|Where||UFC Apex, Enterprise, Nevada|
|When||Saturday, May 1, 8 PM EST|
|How to watch||ESPN, TSN5|
|Dominick Reyes||TALE OF THE TAPE||Jiri Prochazka|
|6 ft. 4 in.||Height||6 ft. 3 in.|
|77 in.||Reach||80 in.|
Former light heavyweight title challenger Dominick Reyes was an undefeated 12-0 when he took on Jon Jones for the title. In a fight many thought Reyes won, Jones was ultimately awarded the unanimous decision victory.
When Jones left the division, Reyes received another big fight – this time again Jan Blachowicz for the now-vacated light heavyweight strap. Unfortunately for Reyes, Blachowicz would knock him out in the second round of their UFC 253 bout last September. The loss marked the first losing streak of Reyes’s career.
Born in California, the southpaw fighter trains out of his home state with the Cage Combat Academy. He has been fighting professionally since 2012 and currently holds a blue belt rank in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He has a one-inch height advantage over his opponent but holds significantly less MMA fighting experience. He is currently ranked as the third-best light heavyweight in the division.
A former competitor of the RIZIN organization, Jiri Prochazka has not lost an MMA bout since 2015. He is riding a professional winning streak of 11-fights which includes his UFC debut, which he made last July at UFC 251. In his Octagon debut, Prochazka defeated former light heavyweight title challenger Volkan Oezdimir via second-round knockout, earning him a performance of the night bonus. He was the inaugural RIZIN light heavyweight champion, a title that he never lost prior to joining the ranks of the UFC.
The Czech fighter will enter the cage Saturday night one inch shorter than his opponent but will have a reach advantage of three inches. Known mostly for his muay Thai and striking, Prochazka trains out of the Czech Republic with head trainer Martin Karaivanov and the Jetsaam Gym Brno. He has been fighting since 2012 and has won a gold medal at the Czech Muay Thai National Championships. He is currently ranked as the eighth-best light heavyweight in the division.
|Cub Swanson||TALE OF THE TAPE||Giga Chikadze|
|5 ft. 7 in.||Height||6 ft.|
|70 in.||Reach||74 in.|
A member of the UFC roster since 2011, Cub Swanson recently snapped a rough four-fight losing streak when he defeated hot prospect Kron Gracie in 2019 via unanimous decision in a fight that was awarded fight of the night honors. In his most recent fight, Swanson took on Daniel Pineda at UFC 256 last December. Swanson defeated Pineda via second-round knockout.
The 37-year-old from California is a former student of Greg Jackson. Swanson now spends his time training at the UFC GYM Costa Mesta with coaches Joel Diaz and Rigan Machado – the latter of which Swanson holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under. Swanson has been fighting professionally since 2004 and is currently ranked as the 15th-best featherweight in the division and has also been awarded the most post-fight bonuses in the history of the featherweight division.
Sitting just ahead of Cub Swanson in the featherweight division as number-14, Giga Chikadze has won his first five fights in a row in the UFC and is riding a seven-fight winning streak overall. His first two UFC fights ended with split-decision results and his next two had unanimous decision finishes. His most recent bout took place last November and Chikadze earned a first-round TKO (and performance bonus) over Jamey Simmons.
Chikadze stands five inches taller than Cub Swanson and he will also enjoy a four-inch reach advantage. He is also five years younger than his opponent. The Georgian fighter trains with the Kings MMA team and he holds a third-degree dan black belt in Goju-Ryu karate. He also has a professional kickboxing record of 38-6.
|Ion Cutelaba||TALE OF THE TAPE||Dustin Jacoby|
|6 ft. 1 in.||Height||6 ft. 4 in.|
|75 in.||Reach||78 in.|
|15-6, 1 no-contest||Record||13-5|
Ion Cutelaba definitely didn’t have the best 2020 year. Cutelaba suffered a controversial loss to Magomed Ankalaev via first-round TKO last February. The UFC set up a rematch between the two and, following some delays due to the pandemic, the two-faced off once again last October. Unfortunately for Cutelaba, he was knocked out in the first round of their bout at UFC 254. He is now 1-3 over his last four fights.
The Moldavian fighter is known for his grappling, as he is a student of sambo, judo, and Greco-roman wrestling. He trains out of his home country with the Timoshkov Sports Club. He also spends time with the MMA Factory team. He has been fighting since 2012 and is currently unranked in the light heavyweight division.
Dustin Jacoby had his first UFC stint end quickly when he suffered back-to-back losses in 2011/2012. He worked his way back through the MMA circuit to earn a spot on the Dana White Contender Series last August, where he won a unanimous decision over Ty Flores. He followed that performance with a TKO victory and a unanimous decision win.
The Colorado native, fighting since 2010, currently trains with the Factory X Muay Thai team. He is a former kickboxer who, in 2018, was considered the eighth-best kickboxer in the world by Combat Press. He will stand three inches taller than Cutelaba and will have a three-inch reach advantage as well.
|Sean Strickland||TALE OF THE TAPE||Krzysztof Jotko|
|6 ft. 1 in.||Height||6 ft. 1 in.|
|76 in.||Reach||77 in.|
A UFC veteran since 2014, Sean Strickland currently finds himself enjoying a three-fight winning streak – two of those fights taking place in 2020. His first fight of 2020 was a unanimous decision victory over Jack Marshman. He followed that performance with a second-round TKO victory over Brendan Allen last November. He was awarded performance of the night bonus for his most recent performance.
The North Carolina native trains out of California with the Millennia MMA Gym. A former King of the Cage middleweight champion, Strickland holds a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The number-15 ranked UFC middleweight enters the cage Saturday night with a one-inch reach disadvantage and with one less fight worth of experience.
Following three losses in a row to the likes of Uriah Hall and Brad Tavares, Krzysztof Jotko has worked his way back up to put together a three-fight winning streak. After a unanimous decision and a split-decision win, Jotko’s most recent fight took place last May, where he defeated Eryk Anders via unanimous decision. He is currently unranked in the middleweight division.
With a one-inch reach advantage, the Polish fighter has equal brown belt credentials in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He currently splits his training between American Top Team and Phuket Top Team. He has been fighting professionally since 2010.
|Merab Dvalishvili||TALE OF THE TAPE||Cody Stamann|
|5 ft. 6 in.||Height||5 ft. 6 in.|
|68 in.||Reach||64 in.|
After suffering back-to-back losses against Ricky Simon and Frankie Saenz, Merab Dvalishvili now finds himself riding a five-fight winning streak, with all five wins coming via unanimous decision. Dvalishvili fought three times in 2020 and defeated Casey Kenney, Gustavo Lopez, and John Dodson – the most recent of which (against Dodson) took place last August.
The Georgian fighter is part of the renowned Serra-Longo Fight Team gym based out of Long Island, New York. He trains under Matt Serra and Ray Longo and is mostly known for his sambo. He also holds a black belt in judo. The number-12 ranked bantamweight will enter the cage with a four-inch reach advantage over his opponent.
Although ranked just behind Dvalishvili in the bantamweight division at number-13, Cody Stamann’s recent fight output hasn’t been as impressive as his opponent’s. Over his last five fights, Stamann has put together a record of just 2-2-1. His most recent bout came against Jimmie Rivera last July and he lost via unanimous decision. Prior to that loss he had defeated Brian Kelleher via unanimous decision and fought to a majority draw with Song Yadong.
The “Spartan” trains out of Sparta, Michigan, formerly with Michigan Top Team but now with Xtreme Couture. He boasts NCAA division II wrestling credentials as well as a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He is one year older than his opponent.
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