A pivotal light heavyweight main event clash will kick May off with a bang.

Former title challenger Dominick Reyes (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) faces Jiri Prochazka (27-3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in the main event of UFC on ESPN 23, which takes place on May 1 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Reyes, who gave former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones arguably the toughest outing of his career, will look to snap a two-fight losing skid. After a lostt to Jones at UFC 247 in February 2020, Reyes received another crack at the title when he met Jan Blachowicz for the vacant 205-pound belt at UFC 253 in September. In that fight, Reyes fell short in his title pursuit once again, when he was stopped by Blachowicz in Round 2.

Prochazka, a former Rizin light heavyweight champ, made one of the most memorable UFC debuts in recent memory when he knocked Volkan Oezdemir out cold at UFC 251 in July. The 28-year-old Czech Republic-born fighter hasn’t lost since December 2015 and has stopped his past nine opponents.

Check out the official poster for UFC on ESPN 23 below (via Instagram):

The current UFC on ESPN 23 card includes:

  • Jiri Prochazka vs. Dominick Reyes
  • TJ Brown vs. Kai Kamaka III
  • Dean Barry vs. Mike Jackson
  • Poliana Botelho vs. Luana Carolina
  • K.B. Bhullar vs. Andreas Michailidis
  • Damon Jackson vs. TJ Laramie
  • Sam Hughes vs. Loma Lookboonmee
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Augusto Sakai
  • Krzysztof Jotko vs. Sean Strickland
  • Giga Chikadze vs. Cub Swanson
  • Gabriel Benitez vs. Jonathan Pearce
  • Felipe Colares vs. Journey Newson
  • Merab Dvalishvili vs. Cody Stamann
  • Ion Cutelaba vs. Devin Clark
  • Herbert Burns vs. Alexander Munoz