Dominick Reyes took more than a year and a half break after Jiri Prochazka brutally knocked him out in the fifth month of last year. It was Reyes' third consecutive loss and his second by knockout. The break was necessary for the fighter who until then was seen by many as the best in the light heavyweight category and for the fighter who, according to many, deserved to beat Jon Jones.
Reyes announced on the eve of his return that the "2.0" version, that is, the improved version of Dominick Reyes, is waiting for us. The UFC arranged for him to face Ryan Spann at the UFC 281 event, and Spann, as a 12-ranked light heavyweight challenger, should serve as an adequate opponent for the comeback match.
Unfortunately for Reyes and his fans, the fight lasted 80 seconds and Spann celebrated with a brutal knockout. Reyes often points out how hard it is for him to come to terms with the fact that he lost to Jon Jones on points even though many believe he was better in the first three rounds.
Reyes is not helped by the fact that after that he did not win a new "title shot" and prove that he belongs to the top, he recorded three consecutive defeats after the match with Jones. It was Jones who took to Twitter to fire on a "tweet" from an unknown person who wrote that he had "taken away Reyes' confidence".
“I didn’t take his confidence, in his mind he beat me. Maybe that’s his problem”. Jones wrote, and added a ''tweet'' in which he showed concern for Reyes.
“I don’t know if feel bad are the words, I would say more like concerned for his health”. added "Bones".
I didn’t take his confidence, in his mind he beat me.
By the way, in the week before the UFC 281 event, Reyes once touched on Jones and his potential return, i.e.
his long-awaited heavyweight debut. "Get on the sidelines permanently or get in the game'', Reyes told James Lynch during the interview.
Of course, those comments got to Jones as well, and Jon wisely waited until Reyes' fight was over before addressing that statement.
'Get on the sidelines permanently or get in the game' — BONY (@JonnyBones) November 13, 2022
Reyes really needs to stop thinking that he was close to winning against Jones and turn to new challenges. His physical skills are fantastic, and he has repeatedly proven himself to possess great martial arts. It remains for him to restore his faith in himself and his abilities because he can certainly offer a lot in the light heavyweight division.