Performance of the Half Year 2021: Jiri Prochazka Destroys Dominick Reyes with a Slick Spinning Elbow

Published 07/04/2021, 9:36 AM EDT


Jiri Prochazka is one of the breakout stars of 2021 and his performance against Dominick Reyes is the reason why. ‘Denisa’ headlined UFC Fight Night on May 1 against Reyes and put on a show that fans will remember for a long time. Jiri Prochazka earned his second straight KO win the organization that night and became a recognizable figure.

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The fight itself was a back-and-forth war for as long as it lasted with Reyes landing some heavy blows. However, Jiri Prochazka added to his 89% knockout rate as he landed a spinning back elbow that put Reyes to sleep. The finishing move came against the cage after Reyes had backed up and his elbow came out of nowhere.

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When the fight was announced, fans had earmarked the scrap to be a potential ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate. It delivered in more ways than one as the entire MMA world couldn’t get enough of the 28-3 KO artist. Not to mention, the entire UFC promotional machine got behind his hype from the beginning with aggressive promotion in the lead-up to the fight.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 01: (L-R) Jiri Prochazka of the Czech Republic punches Dominick Reyes in a light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 01, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Dominick Reyes has already proven that he’s tough as nails and isn’t someone to be taken lightly. However, Prochazka walked him down with reckless abandon and didn’t seem to be in too much danger at any point. The damage he was inflicting on Reyes was astounding and he’s shown that he’s a possible future champion.

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After his victory, every MMA blog, podcast, and tweet revolved around what a massive attraction Jiri Prochazka is. He’s got the look, the demeanor, and most importantly a kind of fighting style that fans love. He puts himself in the line of fire and backs himself with sheer confidence that he’ll be the one to come out on top.


His performance against Reyes deserves to stand above the rest by the sheer buzz he created before, during, and after fight week. 25 of his 28 wins have come by knockout which is extremely rare in a sport like MMA. Now, fans will be chomping at the bit to see him make a comeback and challenge for UFC gold.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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