Jiri Prochazka has now made a pair of Octagon appearances, scoring two explosive second-round knockouts to catapult him into title contention.
After dusting Volkan Oezdemir in his promotional debut, Prochazka was given a main-event slot this past Saturday against third-ranked Dominick Reyes.
Many felt Reyes beat Jon ‘Bones’ Jones to win the light-heavyweight belt at UFC 247 on Feb. 8 of 2020, but the judges gave the decision to Jones. Once Jones vacated the 205-pound strap, Reyes got another shot at UFC gold, only to lose by second-round KO against Jan Blachowicz.
In other words, Reyes nearly won the belt 15 months, but now he’s staring at a three-fight losing streak after getting blasted by Prochazka with a spinning back elbow late in Round 2.
Prochazka improved to 28-3-1 with his 12th consecutive win. He hasn’t tasted defeat since falling to ‘King Mo’ on New Year’s Eve of 2015, more than five years ago. Eleven of his 12 recent wins have come by knockout, with 10 of them coming in the first or second round.
Blachowicz has taken notice of Prochazka’s handy work.
However, No. 1 ranked contender Glover Teixeira is getting the next crack at the Polish champion’s belt. Blachowicz acknowledged as much after his tweet to Prochazka.
FanDuel has Blachowicz listed as a -260 favorite vs. Teixeira, who is a +210 underdog.
BetOnline opened Blachowicz as a -145 ‘chalk’ vs. Prochazka early this morning. However, those odds didn’t last long. In fact, Prochazka is now the short -120 favorite, with the champion as an even-money underdog.