Dominick Reyes failed to beat Jon Jones and thus win the long-desired belt. The fight was even from start to finish and it was hard to figure out who would take the win. However, the judges as the main figures decided that Jones was better.
Such a decision caused disappointment among most UFC fans and they thought that it was Reyes who deserved it. But, unfortunately, the decision remains the same for them. However, Reyes will have an additional chance. The reason is Jones, who moves to the second category and thus opens space for Reyes to try to win the belt again.
On the way to winning the belt, he will be met by Jan Blachowicz on September 26. Sure, Reyes will be even more motivated to win the belt this time, but it won't be easy for him “It is what it is, man,” Reyes said.
“The goal has always been from the beginning to get the belt. It doesn’t have to do with who it’s against. It didn’t matter if it’s Jon; it doesn’t matter if it’s Jan. This is about me.
It’s about Dominick Reyes." , as quoted by MMAjunkie “If I win the belt, it’s not going to be about the next guy. It’s going to be me defending my belt and winning my belt and me being better and becoming better and developing my own legacy”.
Jones goes into the second category
Reyes understands Jones' decision to go to the second category because he wants to prove that he is the greatest fighter of all time. And as Reyes himself says, he will achieve that only by going to a higher categories and winning the belt.
“I get it,” Reyes said. “He wants to be as successful as he can, and he’s hedging his bets here. The most probability to be the greatest of all time, he’s the greatest light heavyweight of all time, but he wants to be the greatest fighter of all time.
In order to do that, he needs to move up, and he needs to do all this crazy other stuff. “I understand where he’s coming from. I really do”. “It’s an opportunity to become champion of the world, man,” Reyes said.
“Any opportunity to become champion of the world is going to completely change your life. It’s gonna change everything. I’m right on the precipice of creating my own legacy, etching it in stone where nobody could ever take it away from me. I’m so close to that, and I’m not letting my foot off the pedal. I’m right there”.