Dominick Reyes Praises Jiri Prochazka in Statement Following UFC on ESPN 23 Defeat

By Tristen Critchfield May 4, 2021

Dominick Reyes has broken his silence following a knockout loss to Jiri Prochazka in the UFC on ESPN 23 headliner.

The former light heavyweight title challenger suffered his third consecutive defeat on Saturday night, falling victim to a spinning back elbow from Prochazka 4:29 into Round 2 of their clash at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas this past Saturday. “The Devastator” released a statement regarding the bout via Instagram late Monday evening.

“Finally home and surrounded by those I love, I’d like to say, I went out there and fought with all my heart,” Reyes wrote. “I put it all out there and I’m glad it was entertaining for most of you. I’m happy and upset as you can imagine as I didn’t get the desired outcome. But I went out and fought and for that I can say I’m proud.

“I love this game and at times it does not love me back but that’s what we have all signed up for. I want to say I’m doing good healing up I’ll be OK. And congrats to [Prochazka]. Hell of a fight and what an elbow! It’s the ones you don’t see coming that get you. God bless you all and I’ll see you guys at the next one.”

Reyes began his MMA career with 12 consecutive triumphs — including six in the UFC. He lost a controversial five-round verdict to Jon Jones at UFC 247 in his first shot at 205-pound gold and was then knocked out by Jan Blachowicz in a matchup for the vacant belt at UFC 253. His record includes notable wins over the likes of Chris Weidman, Volkan Oezdemir, Ovince St. Preux and Jared Cannonier.

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