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UFC on ESPN 23: Jiri Prochazka spinning elbows Dominick Reyes out of title picture

Did 'Denisa' punch his title shot ticket?

Jiri Prochazka made a statement in the main event of UFC on ESPN 23 Saturday night with a spectacular TKO victory over Dominic Reyes.

Prochazka (28-3-1) absorbed all of Reyes (12-3-0) shots in the first round and threw some of his own for good measure. In the second round Reyes tried unsuccessfully to get the guillotine choke and then out of nowhere Prochazka landed the spinning elbow to put the fight away at 4:29.

The win was Prochazka’s second consecutive in the octagon and it could launch him to.a quick title shot.

Reyes suffered his third straight defeat.

Prochazka and Reyes earned Fight of the Night, while Prochazka and Giga Chikadze earned performances of the night. Prochazka earned $100,000 USD in bonuses with Chikadze earning $50,000 USD.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

FELIPES COLARES DEF. Luke Sanders VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREAS MICHAILIDIS DEF. KB BHULLAR VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

LOMA LOOKBOONMEE DEF. SAM HUGHES VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

LUANA CAROLINA DEF. POLIANA BOTELHO VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

T.J. BROWN DEF. KAI KAMAKA III VIA SD (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

LUANA PINHEIRO DEF. RANDA MARKOS VIA DQ (ILLEGAL UPKICK) R1 4:16

MAIN CARD

#12 MERAB DVALISHVILI VS. #13 CODY STAMANN 

WINNER: MERAB DVALISHVILI VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MERAB DVALISHVILI VIA UD 

Andrews: As expected, Dvalishvili outworked Stamann.

#15 SEAN STRICKLAND VS. KRZYSZTOF JOTKO

WINNER: SEAN STRICKLAND VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SEAN STRICKLAND VIA UD 

Andrews: Strickland settled in and methodically got the win.

Andrews Prediction: Sean Strickland via UD

ION CUTELABA VS. DUSTIN JACOBY

WINNER: SPLIT DRAW (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DUSTIN JACOBY VIA TKO

Andrews: Ion won the first round and Jacoby came on the rest of the way. Will they do it again?

#14 GIGA CHIKADZE VS. CUB SWANSON 

WINNER: GIGA CHIKADZE VIA TKO

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GIGA CHIKADZE VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 1:03

Andrews: Wow! Giga did what he said he would do. Liver shot for the win.

MAIN EVENT

#3 DOMINICK REYES VS. JIRI PROCHAZKA 

WINNER: JIRI PROCHAZKA VIA TKO (SPINNING ELBOW) R2 4:29

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JIRI PROCHAZKA VIA TKO

Andrews: Impressive win. Jiri could get the title shot.

The next event is May 8 at the UFC Apex. Cory Sandhagen battles former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw in the main event.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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