Dominick Reyes: “If you’re going to lose, that’s probably the best way”

February 14, 10:45 am
Mary Myers
Dominick Reyes: “If you’re going to lose, that’s probably the best way”

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UFC top light heavyweight Dominick Reyes (12-1) keeps worrying about the lost opportunity to become a champion. Even though some big names in this sport has already went for Jon Jones (26-1, 1 NC), Reyes still thinks he did everything he could to win the fight and will now have to work to approach the rematch a better fighter.

“I feel good about what I went out there and did,” Reyes told MMA Fighting on Thursday. “No matter what the judges say, I went out there and I won that fight. But I don’t have a belt and that’s the reality of the situation. The reality of the situation is that he’s still the champ. I’ve got to get better. I’ve got to try to get this rematch going and I’ve got to finish him next time.

“I’m not just buying into the hype because immediately after the fight, my post fight interview, I said I won 3-2. I’ll stick by that until the end. There’s nobody that can convince me otherwise. I was in there with him. But f*** I can’t reverse what the judges did or say. It really sucks. It’s disappointing, but like I said, I’m proud of what I did. If you’re going to lose, that’s probably the best way you could possibly lose. It happened to be a lost to Jon Jones, and it was the most controversial decision this year or last year. It is what it is,” Reyes said.

Jones vs. Reyes fight happened last weekend in the main event of UFC 247. The bout went all the distance of five rounds and the champion won by unanimous decision.