UFC Boston: 103 seconds was enough to show that Dominick Reyes is ready for a title shot
UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones may have found himself his next opponent after Dominick Reyes increased his win record to 12-0 last week, with six of those victories coming inside the Octagon. Reyes walked into Boston, Massachusetts on Friday night and made short work of former Middleweight champion Chris Weidman in his first bout at 205lbs in the UFC.
Weidman has been very vocal throughout the years about wanting an opportunity to face Jones for all the marbles, and that dream came to a halt this past weekend, after he was on the receiving end of a vicious knock out for the fifth time in his last six bouts. While trying to press the action and force Reyes to the fence and initiate his wrestling, Weidman struggled to hold position and Reyes got back to his feet in seconds and landed a straight left which dropped onrushing Weidman — followed up by some hammer fists and that was all she wrote in a contest that lasted one minute and 43 seconds.
From the outside looking in, it’s easy to suggest that retirement could be near for Weidman. There has been no sign of him being able to go on another run that saw him beat the pound for pound best in the world at the time in Anderson Silva. Weidman simply does not have enough to go and replicate that again against the current pound for pound and arguably greatest fighter of all time in Jon Jones. It’s looking like history will not repeat itself this time for Weidman, but for one man it could be a similar story to Weidman’s first run, and that man is Dominick Reyes.
Weidman beat Anderson Silva when many suggested he had no chance. People also said he lacked experience, and with Reyes only having twelve bouts and looking likely to be a challenger for the title soon, it shows how their paths are pretty similar. Jon Jones’ one flaw that many seem to criticize is that he has trouble with longer fighters. And that may be the case, but he still possesses enough talent, ability, skill, and fight IQ to take out anybody that steps in front of him. Reyes could be no exception, and with Jones back and more active than in previous years, looking more on his game than ever, this has the potential to be such a huge fight in the making.
Out of all of Reyes’ victories, he has finished seven of those by KO/TKO, and will look to add another one to his record and give Jones his first legitimate loss should he be the next in line.