Dominick Reyes
The Devastator

USA

Nearly ends reign of Jon Jones
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 8, 2020
Reyes came up just short in his quest for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Jon Jones via unanimous decision (47-48, 47-48, 46-49) at UFC 247 in Houston.
ANALYSIS
There are many who thought Reyes deserved to walk out of the Toyota Center with the gold. He fought about as well as he possibly could have. Reyes started very quickly. He outworked Jones in Rounds 1-3 before slowing down considerably over the course of the final two frames. Calm and composed throughout the course of the fight, Reyes displayed exceptional takedown defense and did a nice job of firing off shots at Jones and slipping out of the way before the champ could return combinations. Reyes made Jones work for his offense and never let him get into a sustained rhythm. Every time Jones appeared to be gaining steam, Reyes landed a big shot. While it wasn't the result Reyes was looking for, the fact a former collegiate football player with just 13 pro fights under his belt nearly knocked off arguably the greatest MMA fighter of all time is simply remarkable. Reyes is going to be around for a long, long time.
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Sizable underdog in title shot
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 3, 2020
Reyes enters fight week as approximately a (+360) betting underdog for his shot against light heavyweight championship Jon Jones at UFC 247 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Reyes sports a spotless 6-0 record under the UFC banner that includes four finishes, with his most recent trip to the Octagon resulting in a first-round stoppage against former middleweight champion Chris Weidman. He's landed more than 5.0 significant strikes per minute during his run to a title shot, while absorbing just 2.24. His striking volume is one statistical edge he has over the champion, though it isn't by much, and Jones has been doing it far longer against the best the company has to offer. Reyes also doesn't have much offensive wrestling to speak of, so any grappling exchanges would theoretically result in the champion sporting the advantage. Both men stand at 6-foot-4, but Jones will own a seven-inch reach advantage.
Jon Jones bout confirmed
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 22, 2019
Reyes will take on Jon Jones in Houston on Feb. 8, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The Devastator has been on a tear since entering the UFC, winning all six of his first fights, three by knockout. Jones will be the 29-year-old's toughest challenge to date, but Jones's nagging foot injury and distractions with Stylebender could provide the openings for a competitive bout.
Dominates again, Jon Jones next?
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 18, 2019
Reyes defeated Chris Weidman via TKO (punches) at 1:43 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Friday in Boston.
ANALYSIS
It was yet another stellar effort from Reyes, and he's unquestionably deserving of the $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus he earned for his efforts in the cage. After allowing an early takedown to Weidman, Reyes simply popped Chris with one straight left hand. After a few follow up hammer fists, referee Herb Dean was stepping in to wave off the bout. Reyes's power is absolutely legitimate and he's long enough to give most any opponent at 205 pounds problems. It seems crazy to say considering Reyes is just six fights and a little over two years into his UFC career, but he is probably next in line for a shot at Jon Jones's UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos are banged up and the UFC -- correctly so -- doesn't appear to have any interest in running back Jones and Daniel Cormier for a third time, so it appears to be Reyes next in line. "The Devastator" is going to be a healthy underdog if he does indeed get his shot, but Reyes has the height and length to make a fight against Jones interesting.
Lands on UFC Boston card
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 24, 2019
Reyes has been booked to take on Chris Weidman in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Boston on October 18.
ANALYSIS
Reyes is five fights into his time with the UFC and remains unblemished, going a perfect 5-0. He most recently took down Volkan Oezdemir via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 147 back in March. Things haven't been going as well for his opponent, Weidman, who has lost four of his last five fights under the UFC banner.
Picks up narrow decision victory
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 16, 2019
Reyes defeated Volkan Oezdemir via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night in London on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Reyes entered as the third-highest betting favorite on the card, and his despite picking up the decision, the performance was a bit of a letdown for fantasy owners. The two exchanged shots early, with leg kicks seemingly the weapon of choice for Reyes. After a brief stoppage due to an accidental groin strike, Reyes got his legs kicked out by a powerful Oezdemir low kick, but was able to get back to his feet where he again looked to land from a distance. By the end of the first, Oezdemir appeared to have the edge in striking numbers. Neither man was able to execute a takedown in the second round, but Reyes started to wear the damage on his nose a bit. Reyes entered the third round seemingly needing the finish, but both men seemed too tired to string together multiple combinations towards the end. It certainly didn't appear Reyes was headed for the decision, but his five-fight winning streak is now the longest among active fighters in the 205-pound weight class. He might not be ready for a title shot just yet, but one could certainly be in his future.