UFC Vegas 25:
One week removed from the first UFC card with a paying audience in 13-plus months, the promotion returns to the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas for UFC Vegas 25.
Live coverage of the 12-fight MMA card airs entirely on ESPN2, beginning with the six-fight undercard at 7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT, followed by the main card at 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT.
The upcoming UFC events schedule indicates that non-pay-per-view shows from the promotion will continue to originate from the Apex facility for the time being.
Highlighting UFC Vegas 25 is a five-round Light Heavyweight tussle at five minutes per round between third-ranked contender Dominick Reyes (12-2) and fifth-ranked contender Jiri Prochaska (27-3-1) in a makegood of a postponed fight from February.
Going into Saturday night’s main event, both men stand level at 6-foot-4.
How they got here:
Reyes has posted a 3-2 record in his last five UFC appearances, but enters on a two-fight losing streak, extended last time out against Jan Blachowicz (second-round knockout due to punches) in UFC 253 last September.
Blachowicz has since been booked to fight for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship during UFC 266 later this year against Glover Teixeira.
In the other corner, Prochaska has gone 5-0 in his last five fights as part of an ongoing 11-fight winning streak, extended most recently against Volkan Oezdemir (second-round knockout) last July during UFC 251.
The Tale of the Tape:
UFC com shows that Prochaska owns a three-inch reach advantage (80 inches to 77 inches) and a 1 ½-inch leg reach advantage (45 inches to 43 ½ inches) over Reyes.
Prediction: Jiri Prochaska by third-round knockout.
Other fights on UFC Vegas 25’s main card include:
Co-Main Event: No. 14 contender Giga Chikadze (12-2) vs. No. 15 contender Cub Swanson (27-11) [Featherweight]
Ion Cutelaba (15-6) vs. Dustin Jacoby (14-5) [Light Heavyweight]
No. 15 contender Sean Strickland (22-3) vs. Krysztof Jotko (22-4) [Middleweight]
No. 12 contender Merab Dvashvili (12-4) vs. No. 13 contender Cody Stamann (19-3-1) [Bantamweight]
Poliana Bothelo (8-3) vs. Luana Carolina (6-2) [Women’s Flyweight]
UFC Vegas 25 at a Glance: (Saturday)
Prelims: 7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT, ESPN2/ESPN+
Main Card: 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT, ESPN2/ESPN+