UFC VEGAS 25: ‘REYES VS PROCHAZKA’ is all performed and dusted. The extensive majority of the cardboard wasn’t all that grand to jot down dwelling about, nonetheless fortunately the demonstrate closed on some improbable high-tier violence. Jiri Prochazka announced himself as potentially the most interesting wildcard within the gentle heavyweight title image. Giga Chikadze picked up his first proper signature do away with of his MMA profession. And Sean Strickland made his case for a high 10 opponent.
So, how long must we wait sooner than Prochazka gets to battle for UFC gold? Is any individual going to wish to step up for a risk to admire a ‘Giga kick’ straight to the liver? And what about getting Merab Dvalishvili one in all these old champs he called out?
To respond to those questions – and one or two reasonably a lot of issues – I’ll be the exercise of the normal Silva/Shelby battle booking methodology from the UFC of years past. That means pitting winners in opposition to winners, losers in opposition to losers, and in an analogous draw tenured skill up in opposition to one yet one more. Hopefully, by following that model, a couple of of these bout tips will if truth be told fabricate it off the page and into the Octagon. Now, let’s catch to the fights.
It’s laborious to no longer like what Jiri Prochazka is doing within the UFC appropriate now. The man is taking the battle to the gentle heavyweight elite with pure self belief, aggression, and energy. That can no longer fabricate for the cleanest, prettiest victories available, nonetheless with aid to aid KO wins over Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes, the outcomes are talking for themselves.
If this had been all a memoir of equity and paying one’s dues, there’s a solid argument that Prochazka have to battle the likes of Aleksandar Rakic or Magomed Ankalaev sooner than getting his probability at UFC gold. But, the real fact of the moment is that ‘Denisa’ is uncooked magnetic violence vitality. The premise of this 29-year-old one-man wrecking crew taking on gentle, composed vets Jan Blachowicz or Glover Teixeira for gentle heavyweight gold has this form of improbable, chaotic vibe. Prochazka is properly potentially the most stress-free title challenger of the moment. So strike while the iron is hot and e-book him with the Blachowicz/Teixeira winner.
A laborious fall aid to earth after Reyes bulled his manner into title competitors. He hit the UFC at 6-0 with most productive three years official expertise, and fought for the belt the essential time at 12-0 correct three years after that. At most productive 31-years-old, that ought to head away the ‘Devastator’ composed appropriate in his high. But, once a fighter reaches the stop within the UFC, step backs in competitors are sophisticated to come aid by. And sadly, that appears to be like to be precisely what the Cage Combat fighter wants appropriate now.
Fights in opposition to Misha Cirkunov, Nikita Krylov, Ryan Spann, or Anthony Smith all seem to be they’d be in regards to potentially the most interesting bustle. After all, it doesn’t wish to be a huge step down—correct maybe no longer somebody in instantaneous title competitors. Of these, I mediate Krylov is the battle I’d be most drawn to. He’s bought the chin to settle on Reyes’ photos, and the more or less scrappy, aggressive game to manufacture the battle a thriller the total model via. Dominick Reyes vs. Nikita Krylov appears to be like like potentially the most interesting step aid, and a huge opportunity for the ‘Miner’ to catch a high profile do away with.
This used to be lined as much as be a huge moment for Chikadze if he also can catch the do away with—and he fully rose to the occasion. The Georgian kickboxer landed a mistaken liver kick early in spherical 1 in opposition to Swanson that handed the normal WEC vet correct his second profession TKO loss. Substantial issues for the rising featherweight contender.
After the bout he called out Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar. I doubt he gets the Holloway bout, nonetheless a battle with Kattar would be one hell of a scarp. Contests with Arnold Allen or Josh Emmett would even be very supreme.
Apt on story of I don’t mediate Chikadze takes on Kattar off the ‘Boston Finisher’s contemporary rough loss, I’ll remark the UFC have to e-book Chikadze in opposition to Allen. The Brit’s boxing has come a long, long manner no longer too long ago, nonetheless I doubt he’d wish to stand at vary in entrance of Chikadze. Does he have the wrestling to settle on the battle over on the mat though? Worth checking out. Chikadze vs. Allen, leer if the Georgian is ready to spoil into the stop 10.
At one point, Cutelaba seemed like he had a recognition for indefatigable vitality. Whether or no longer it used to be his USADA bust for IV usage that bought him, or fair a failure to adapt as opponents worked more difficult to figure him out, that recognition appears to be like like a distant memory at this point. The ‘Hulk’ came out of the gate running in opposition to Jacoby, nonetheless couldn’t assemble the positional preserve an eye on out of all his wrestling work and gassed laborious due to it. Didn’t cease up with a loss, nonetheless it no doubt’s no longer grand of a victory either.
Bouts in opposition to Da Un Jung, Devin Clark, or Ed Herman would all be somewhat cheap. The Korean fighter is the fellow on a hot lag attempting to invent his resume for the time being. Let’s leer if he can take grasp of a victory over a more seasoned vet like Cutelaba. Da Un Jung vs. Ion Cutelaba appears to be like like a supreme probability for Da Un so that you just might maybe maybe add a title to his resume, or for Cutelaba to illustrate he’s composed a fringe high 15 skill.
Jacoby kinda tear dash over out of the gate. But, credit to him, he never stopped combating his manner to his toes and made Cutelaba burn a ton of vitality attempting to manipulate him on the mat. The fact that Jacoby used to be in a location to manipulate the bout the the rest of the model made it an especially impressive performance, although the cease consequence wasn’t a do away with. I don’t in actual fact wish to leer these two dash it aid, blueprint or no. As a change fights with Alonzo Menifield, Shogun Rua, or the winner of OSP vs. Maxim Grishin would all work for Jacoby. Of these, Menifield is the fellow coming off a do away with appropriate now. Menifield vs. Jacoby appears to be like like potentially the most productive risk to preserve Jacoby busy and leer if he can delay his do away with lag.
No end, nonetheless a one-sided standup performance for Strickland unhurried a continual jab, low kicks, and a laser appropriate hand. ‘Tarzan’ has crafted himself into an incredibly sophisticated fighter to manage with at 185, unhurried a constant output of neat strikes, a supreme chin, and hundreds patience. This do away with firmed up his plight within the stop 15, and it’s time to settle on on yet one more ranked opponent. That might maybe maybe presumably well be Kevin Holland, or Uriah Hall, or the winner of Brad Tavares vs. Omari Akhmedov. Hall might maybe maybe presumably well need one thing bigger on his plate after beating the old champ, nonetheless, and Holland is coming off a loss. So I assume that leaves the Tavares/Akhmedov battle. Could no longer be a thriller, nonetheless it no doubt appears to be like like a great logical next step for Strickland as he marches his manner into the title conversation. Strickland vs. the Tavares/Akhmedov winner is an efficient step forward.
One other battle, yet one more dominating do away with unhurried a constant wrestling and energy putting attack. Dvalishvili is popping into a proper distress at bantamweight, especially as his boxing has tightened up. Stamann came in ready to defend every thing and even landed some takedowns and supreme strikes of his acquire, nonetheless he correct couldn’t take care of the Georgian’s tempo. That have to line up Dvalishvili for a surefire high ten opponent next day out.
He called out Dominick Cruz, and I wouldn’t be in opposition to seeing that battle—especially given how supreme the ‘Dominator’’s wrestling is. But there are also likely bouts with Frankie Edgar, Pedro Munhoz, or even Marlon Moraes. Of all these, I in actual fact feel like Pedro Munhoz is the fellow most in his high for the time being. He’s also a fighter who is devilishly laborious to settle on down, and unhealthy enough on the mat for folks to no longer wish to grasp around there with him. Sounds like potentially the most interesting model conflict for Dvalishvili. Munhoz vs. Dvalishvili is a supreme test to leer if Dvalishvili is ready for a title dash.
OTHER BOUTS: Cub Swanson vs. Alex Caceres, Krzysztof Jotko vs. Gerald Meerschaert, Cody Stamann vs. Casey Kenney, Luana Pinheiro vs. Montserrat Conejo, Randa Markos vs. Hannah Cifers, TJ Brown vs. Luis Saldana, Kai Kamaka III vs. Matt Sayles, Luana Carlonia vs. O’Neill/Procopio winner, Poliana Botelho vs. Liliya Shakirova, Loma Lookboonmee vs. Jessica Penne, Sam Hughes vs. Lupita Godinez, Andreas Michailidis vs. Jacob Malkoun, KB Bhullar vs. Pickett/Wright loser, Felipe Colares vs. John Castaneda, Luke Sanders vs. Anthony Birchak