Another weekend of punches came after UFC Vegas 25 blew up the roof of UFC Apex last Saturday. night (May 1, 2021) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Many fighters licked off their wounds, including Cub Swanson, who was knocked out by Giga Chikadze in just 63 seconds (see again here).
And Luana Pinheiro, who was taken out of service by Randa Markos with an illegal kick (video here). But which fighter suffers the worst hangover after the fight just days into the series?
Entering his headlining fight against Jiri Prochazka, Reyes was fortunate enough to win another light heavyweight title shot despite coming out of two consecutive league losses to Jon Jones and Jan Blachowicz, according to Class President Dana White.
Once the dust settled, however, “The Devastator” was sent home with their third straight loss, second by brutal knockout. It was a competitive fight throughout, with Reyes injuring even Prochazka at one point and threatening with a guillotine choke. But after “Denisa” entered his stream, he ended up hooking up on a devastating elbow that sent Reyes crashing into the web, knocking him out for the count.
With three losses in a row, it will be a difficult path back to the title for Reyes, who will likely drop a few places in the official standings after suffering his latest setback. It’s hard to say what’s wrong with Reyes over his last three fights other than the fact that he’s only faced killers, which includes pound for pound GOAT to Jon Jones, the current champion. of 205 pounds to Jan Blachowicz, and a former holder of the RIZIN title to Prochazka.
Interestingly, his collapse after a fierce fight with Jones was not an isolated incident. When Alexander Gustafsson suffered a second loss to the former 205-pound champion, he lost his next two UFC fights by submission and ultimately retired. Thiago Santos, meanwhile, hasn’t won since losing a very slim split decision to ‘Bones’, dropping back-to-back losses to Glover Teixeira and Aleksandar Rakic.
Then we come to Reyes, who is 0-2 since coming so close to dethroning Jones in January 2020. That said, Reyes is still a talented fighter and has the ability to bounce back. After his second crushing knockout loss in a row, he will likely take some time to heal and recover.
When he decides to come back, maybe a fight with the aforementioned Thiago Santos is in order. Although they’ve been consistently ranked close to each other over the past few years, their paths have never crossed inside the Octagon. But now that both fighters are on a three-game losing streak, it looks as good as any.
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