If the aftermath of Jon Jones’ exit from the UFC’s light heavyweight division to move up in weight has proved anything over the past year, it’s that the future is wide open at 205 pounds.
Battle-tested veteran Jan Blachowicz upset Dominick Reyes last September via TKO to claim the vacant title. Seven months later, the 38-year-old Blachowicz outpointed reigning middleweight champion Israel Adesanya to retain his crown.
But a storm of young and aggressive hopefuls have taken their place in line behind Polish powerhouse, who will defend his title this fall against Glover Teixeira. Two of them will meet this Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas as top-five contenders Jiri Prochazka (27-3-1) and the aforementioned Reyes (12-2) square off inside the UFC Apex facility.
Date: May 1 | Start time: 10 p.m. ET (main card) / 7 p.m. ET (prelims)
Location: UFC Apex — Las Vegas
TV Channel: ESPN+ (main card) | Stream: fuboTV (try for free) (prelims only)
ACC UFC resident expert Felix Heath-Collins with everything you need to know ahead of UFC Fight Night Reyes vs Procházka.
The UFC returns this weekend with a fight night headlined by a fight between top light-heavyweight contender Dominick Reyes and surging light-heavyweight contender Jiří Procházka.
While the potential for fireworks does exist between these two light-heavyweights, the name value and excitement of a big fight doesn’t really factor into this contest, or the card overall. Dominick Reyes leads the card ranking-wise with a light-heavyweight ranking of three, while Jiří Procházka holds the fifth rank in the division. This fight night main card would rank as one of the best PRELIM cards in UFC history. As it stands however, this main card ranks as one of the worst in memory. The UFC has recently made a trend of short-changing particular cards (usually fight nights like this one), in favour of over-loading some PPV’s. Consequentially this fight night is only essential viewing for hardcore UFC fans.
Dominick Reyes’s main claims to fame are actually his two losses. Namely a close split decision loss against divisional ‘GOAT’ (Greatest Of All Time) Jon “Bones” Jones, and another loss against current light-heavyweight champion Jan Błachowicz – that particular loss via brutal KO. So both of his losses have come against top-level champions. His opponent this weekend Jiří Procházka has the opposite problem. Instead of a close two fight losing streak like Dominick Reyes has, Procházka instead only has one UFC fight: a dominant KO finish of elite light heavyweight gatekeeper Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir. So while Reyes has a few close losses against the best, Procházka has had minimal octagon time which he has maximised to the fullest.
Main Card (ESPN2/ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET)
Dominick Reyes vs. Jiri Prochazka
Cub Swanson vs. Giga Chikadze
Ion Cutelaba vs. Dustin Jacoby
Sean Strickland vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Merab Dvalishvili vs. Cody Stamann
Preliminary Card (ESPN2/ESPN+, 7 p.m ET)
Randa Markos vs. Luana Pinheiro
Kai Kamaka vs. T.J. Brown
Poliana Botelho vs. Luana Carolina
Loma Lookboonmee vs. Sam Hughes
Andreas Michailidis vs. KB Bhullar
Luke Sanders vs. Felipe Colares
A preliminary featherweight bout between Gabriel Benitez and Jonathan Pearce was cancelled after Benitez missed weight by 4.5 pounds and Pearce chose not to proceed with a catchweight bout.
CBS All Access
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fuboTV has different packages, but the lowest one is $55 per month. It will give them access to more than 100 channels including CBS. It doesn’t force to have you any contract so that you can cancel anytime.
Fubo comes with seven days of free trial and cloud DVR, which can be watched on all the updated devices.
Hulu with live TV
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It has a free trial for seven days. You don’t like the service; you don’t buy it. Besides this, you can cancel the plan anytime as it has no contract option.
Unfortunately, you cannot watch Masters Golf 2021 live on Sling TV. Sling TV doesn’t have CBS on its list. You will find a lot of websites are claiming that Sling has CBS. But, the truth is that Sling could not convey CBS.
AT&T TV Now
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The TV now has more than 125 live TV on their list, but all of them are not available on all packages. You have to pay more for premium channels. Primary relevant channels are available on low to average costs. $50 plan will let you watch the 2021 Masters live stream.
It offers three streaming at a time. A shortcoming for TV now is that it has only 20 hours of free DVR. More DVR hours can be bought. Like others, AT&T TV now has a free trial option with no contract policy.
Play Station Vue
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YouTube TV costs only $50 per month. Like YouTube, TV option also works on all the available devices. Besides this, you can add six user account.
The best thing about YouTube is that it offers unlimited DVR options for nine months. DVR is available on all the six accounts, and all of them are unlimited.
Seven days free trial also available before paying for the service.
The fight can be viewed as live streaming from Facebook. If the Facebook committee has approved, it. There may be someone who wants to share the fight live on Facebook.
Twitter is also a social media platform to try out for the live boxing bout. There should be someone who is a microblogging and sharing their feed. Those who are following the fight will talk about it and eventually share it with everyone.
Reddit has been proven to be an effective way to share the most major sports events around the world. The fight will be shared as well. The Reddit community will have many options to watch the live stream.
Instagram is a photo-sharing app. It is very strict in its approach and does not allow links to be posted. Even if you post links they won’t be clickable which means you have to manually copy and paste them into the browser.