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Dominick Reyes showed he’s ready to take on the challenge of Jon Jones after an emphatic performance on Friday night at UFC on ESPN 6 against former middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
Reyes stuffed Weidman’s early takedown attempts before lighting him up on the feet and forcing referee Herb Dean to step in and stop the fight in just under two minutes of the opening round.
The win kept Reyes’ perfect professional record intact and moved him to 12-0 and is now the favorite to be next in line to fight Ultimate Fighting Championship 205-pound kingpin Jon Jones.
After his win, “The Devastator” called out Jones. Former champ Daniel Cormier, who was providing commentary on the television broadcast, said that Reyes’ size could prove a challenge for Jones when they meet (MMAJunkie.com):
“I think it’s a good matchup,” Cormier said during the UFC on ESPN 6 broadcast on ESPN2. “Dominick Reyes has a good body. He showed he can stop takedowns. I think it will be a great fight between those two. I believe this kid is the real deal. He’s done everything right up to this point. I’m really impressed with Dominick Reyes.”
Cormier said that Reyes-Jones is the fight to make right now at 205 pounds given both fighters are healthy and believes Jones has had his toughest fights when his opponent is a similar size to him: “He’s healthy after that big fight and Jones just got through his most recent court problems or whatever it was -- so why not let him fight?” Cormier said. “(Reyes) has the one key thing that has proven to give Jones pause, and that’s size.”