An overconfident Matt Frevola made the mistake of thinking that he could stand and trade with Polo Reyes at UFC Fight Night 124.
The two lightweight’s met in what was largely expected to be an entertaining bout at the UFC Fight Night 124 Prelims in St. Louis and although the contest lasted just one minute, they delivered on the expectations.
Frevola’s reckless debut
Frevola, who was making his UFC debut after six consecutive victories to start his career, is a self-labeled ‘technical brawler’ – and that’s just how Bruce Buffer announced him. However, there was nothing technical about Frevola’s performance and his seek and destroy style of fighting didn’t match well with Polo Reyes.
Pumped up from the crowd support, Frevola was already bouncing around before Dan Miragliotta called the two fighters in to start the fight. When the two stepped forward to the middle of the octagon, their vicious intentions were on immediately on display.
Frevola marched forward and used this forward momentum to put Reyes’ back to the cage. Now, that’s not usually a mistake, but it was what happened next that caused Frevola a world of trouble.
Instead of sticking to his own range and attempting to connect with his strikes, Frevola stepped forward again into the range of Reyes – who was already against the cage – and started to brawl. His decision to step into Reyes’ boxing range was a disaster and Frevola ended up eating a seriously powerful straight right hand and left hook combination. The left hook connected with such force that it sent the mouthpiece of Frevola flying across the octagon.
Despite feeling the power of Reyes’ right hand, Frevola attempted to swing back and land his own shots – however, the damage had already been done and Frevola’s wobbly legs ensured that his punches weren’t significant.
After a quick scramble and the return of Frevola’s mouth guard, Reyes walked down a damaged Frevola before landing the finishing blows. The final strike was a ferocious right hand that landed as Reyes was stepping forward into the range of Frevola.
Advice from a former foe?
Polo Reyes’ knockout of Matt Frevola moves him to 4-1 in the UFC since joining in November 2015. The Mexican, who has only lost once in the organization, was defeated by James Vick in the first round at UFC 211.
After witnessing Reyes’ devastating knockout of Frevola, Vick took to Twitter in a sign of respect for his former opponent.
— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) January 15, 2018
Unfortunately for Matt Frevola, James Vick’s advice is a little too late.