18 months is a long time in mixed martial arts.
It wasn’t too long ago that Dominck Reyes was pushing Jon Jones into the limit in his bid to become the UFC light heavyweight champion. Now, his career record reflects three successive defeats — the last two of which have been second-round knockout defeats to Jan Blachowicz and, last weekend, Prochazka.
The end was a stunning one, as Reyes was captured with a spinning elbow in the exciting Czech fighter who earned the 25th knockout in his 28 wins. He has been defeated just three occasions in a 32 fight career.
But as for Reyes who now faces a rise up the 205-pound rankings to reestablish his own name credentials, he says that the KO conquer was dispiriting, but doesn’t overwrite his love for the sport.
“Finally home and surrounded by those I love, I’d like to say, I went out there and fought with all my heart,” Reyes wrote on Instagram. “I put it all out there and I’m glad it was entertaining for most of you. I’m happy and upset as you can imagine as I didn’t get the desired outcome. But I went out and fought and for that I can say I’m proud.
“I love this game and sometimes it doesn’t love me back but that is what we have all signed up for. I would like to say I’m doing excellent healing up I’ll be OK. And congrats into [Prochazka] Hell of a struggle and what an elbow! It is the ones that you do not see coming that get you. God bless you and I’ll see you guys at the next one.”
The conquer to Prochazka means that Reyes currently has not registered a win at the cage since an October 2019 victory against Chris Weidman. These three conflicts however, against Jones, Blachowicz and the Czech fighter viewed as the branch’s rising star, came against very tough opposition.