FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week: Dominick Reyes
By Dan McConnell
The UFC returned to Texas this weekend, in a state that helped put the sport of mixed martial arts on the map during its inception.
A main event title fight between arguably the greatest fighter of all time and a true top contender to his title, headlined UFC 247 inside the Toyota Centre.
Also in the mix for this week’s award, women’s flyweight champion Valentina ‘Bullet’ Shevchenko, easily disarmed and dismantled the challenge to her throne from Katlyn Chookagian.
Hometown-hero Derrick Lewis secured victory in-front of his following Texans support. And Mario Bautista stole the show on the early fight night prelims!
Dominick ‘The Dominator’ Reyes is a man who was stepping inside the cage on Saturday night for only his 13 ever professional fight, after making the transition from American Football. His challenge was to take on arguably the greatest mixed martial artist of all time, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.
The 205-pounder from a small town called Victorville in California, was hoping to secure his 13th victory and hand Jon Jones his first official loss of his 28th-fight career.
With a swagger of confidence, athletic ability and hammer of a left hand Reyes looked like the real deal throughout the first round. He dropped the champion Jones with a straight body shot and charged forward with a barrage of strikes throughout.
Reyes also caught Jones with a solid upper cut to the chin, as well as damaging leg kicks in the second round.
Heading into the third round, Reyes was living up to his nickname ‘The Dominator’ winning the first two rounds on the judges scorecards and landing the more significant strikes.
A close third round seen the champion Jones use his excellent experience, as well as start to dictate the fight by using his long range.
Reyes began to dwindle in the championship rounds, in his first ever 5-round fight. However this, he certainly showed that he belongs in the big leagues and deserved the title shot!
I honestly don’t think I have ever seen Jon Jones as hurt in the first round of a fight, and scrambling for takedowns in the final three rounds to make sure he was given the nod.
Congratulations to Dominick Reyes. You are this week’s FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week for your spirited performance!