UFC Vegas 25
The UFC kicks off their 25th outing in the Apex Arena with yet another card stacked with high-level talent. Whilst following up the act of UFC 261 will be no easy task, this event certainly has the potential to do so. Multiple ranked fighters clash as they seek to break into the upper echelons of their respective divisions. The card is topped off with an exhilarating Light Heavyweight clash between Dominick ‘The Devestaor’ Reyes and Jiri “Denisa” Prochazka.
Dominick Reyes (12-2) vs Jiri Prochazka (27-3-1)
Former title challenger Dominick Reyes takes on the bizarre and eccentric Jiri Prochazka. Reyes is coming off a devastating KO loss to Jan Blachowicz and is looking to bounce back with a bang. Alternatively, Prochazka made his UFC debut in 2020, instantly putting the LHW division on notice by KOing the ever-dangerous Volkan Oezdemir.
Both men are lethal strikers and have over 30 KO’s between them. Reyes is a slight betting underdog, but the odds reflect how close this fight is on paper. UFC Vegas 25 is going to be a great event.
Giga Chikadze (12-2) vs Cub Swanson (27-11)
A true prospect vs veteran matchup between two exciting ranked featherweights serves as UFC Vegas 25’s co-main event. Giga Chikadze was one of the standout UFC fighters of 2020, picking up 4 impressive wins and forcing his way into the top 15 of the 145lb division. However, Cub Swanson will undoubtedly be Chikadze’s biggest test to date. Swanson has fought a who’s who at featherweight and has impressive wins over Dustin Poirier, Charles Olivera and Do Ho Choi.
As is often the case, the young upcoming prospect is the favourite going into this fight. However, Swanson’s veteran savvy may well make him an appealing underdog bet for many.
Ion Cutelaba (15-6) vs Dustin Jacoby (14-5)
One of the angriest men in the sport, Ion Cutelaba, takes on an experienced and stoic kickboxer in Dustin Jacoby. Cutelaba was initially scheduled to face off against Devin Clark at this event. However, Clark dropped out, and Jacoby stepped up on short notice. Jacoby is an experienced striker, having competed in boxing, kickboxing and MMA. He had a solid 2020 with two impressive wins in the UFC, as well as a decisive victory on Dana White’s Contender Series. Cutelaba did not have such a fortunate year, picking up two losses to Magomed Ankalaev.
Cutelaba has had a full training camp, which sees him going into this fight as the favourite. However, one should not look past Jacoby’s versatile striking game.
Sean Strickland (22-3) vs Krzysztof Jotko (22-4)
Two dark horses in the UFC middleweight division go head to head in this intriguing matchup. Since returning from a devastating injury that saw him take several years away from the sport, Sean Strickland has looked nothing less than incredible since returning to the octagon. Alternatively, Jotko is riding an impressive 3 fight win streak, having comfortably dismantled Eryk Anders most recently.
Both men are well rounded martial artists. However, Strickland’s brutal performances over Jack Marshman and Brendan Allen see him as a sizeable favourite going into this bout.
Merab Dvalishvili (12-4) vs Cody Stammann (19-3-1)
Two dominant bantamweight wrestlers face off in an attempt to secure a true foothold in the 135lb rankings. Merab Dvalishvili has broken multiple records with his huge amount of takedowns landed in a single fight. However, his opponents can often get back to their feet, and Cody Stammann’s impressive wrestling game may well give the Georgian some trouble.
The stats behind Dvalishvili have made him the comfortable favourite. However, Stammann certainly has the skills to get the upset win here.
Poliana Botelho (8-3) vs Luana Carolina (6-2)
Two women’s flyweights, both looking to bounce back from a 1 fight skid, open up the main card of this event. Botelho has been a strong staple of the women 125lb division since 2018, with impressive wins over Pearl Gonzalez and Lauren Mueller. Carolina has only fought twice since making a successful appearance on DWCS, going 1-1 in the UFC.
Carolina’s lack of experience and recent inactivity unsurprisingly leave her as the betting underdog in this fight.
Betting Odds for UFC Vegas 25 via UniBet.