More than two years have passed since the fight between Dominick Reyes and Jon Jones. The then untouchable light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, was a big favorite and another convincing victory in his direction was expected.
It turned out that Dominick Reyes would not be such an easy bite after all. The challenger neutralized Jones' weapons very well and gave the impression that Reyes had taken the first three rounds and that Jones needed a break.
There was no interruption, all five rounds were done, and Jones celebrated with a unanimous decision. A lot of dust was raised by that referee’s decision, and Jon Jones withdrew from the light heavyweight division after that match.
We are still waiting for his heavyweight debut to take place this year. As for Reyes, many felt the title awaited him after Jones left. Almost no one offered such good resistance to Jones (except Alexander Gustafsson and possibly Thiago Santos), but Reyes ’continued career did not go in the expected direction.
The American light heavyweight was first knocked out by Jan Blachowicz in the title match, and then brutally knocked out by the current champion of the category, Jiri Prochazka. We haven’t watched Reyes since May last year, and the defeat by Jon Jones still haunts him.
“Absolutely, I feel the same, I was there and so was everyone else in the arena, and anyone who has any kind of a mind about fighting knows I won that fight,” Reyes said.
He then looked back at the defeat
“I don’t think about it often, but I think about it every once in a while,” he said.
“In this situation, for instance, right now, the current champ is a guy I lost to, the former champ is a guy I lost to, the former former champ is a guy I lost to. With the way things are ending up, I think about it."
“It could all be different. It could all be so different right now. I did win that fight with Jon, but if I did get the nod — or however you want to say it — and I’m the champ, who knows? Maybe I don’t fight Jan, maybe I fight someone else.
It all could be so different." “I should be in a completely different situation right now,” Reyes continues. “It is what it is. I’ve made my decisions, I’ve done what I’ve done, I’m here now, and luckily, I’m still alive, I still have another chance at it, and I’m excited about it."
“But it was still eating me up in the Jan fight. It’s a real f’d up situation, man. Some would say it was a fork in the road for my life. Everything would’ve changed that night if the judges would’ve done the right thing”.
Dominick further explained how he plans to return to the cage this fall. It obviously took him a while to heal his injuries and work on some segments of his game. He is currently the seventh-ranked light heavyweight challenger, and since he turned 32 in December (December) last year, the best light heavyweight years are just ahead of him.
He has quality without any dilemma, but he will have to go through that night in Houston and the controversial defeat by Jones.