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In the weeks following Jones’ controversial decision triumph over Reyes in the UFC 247 headliner, the challenger lobbied hard for an immediate rematch. Jones, meanwhile, was not particularly receptive to the idea.
However, now that Jones is focusing on a move to heavyweight, Reyes will square off against Jan Blachowicz for the vacant 205-pound belt at UFC 253 on Sept. 26. “The Devastator” took some time to reflect on his first title bout and buried the hatchet with Jones in the process. Of course, that doesn’t mean he would be opposed to a rematch down the road.
Hey [Jon Jones] thank you for the experience, man. I wish you the best of luck in your journey,” Reyes wrote on Twitter. “I know things got a lil crazy, but I just wanted to be pushed beyond my perceived limits by the LHW GOAT again. God bless and God willing we get to dance under those lights again.”
Hey @JonnyBones thank you for the experience man, I wish you the best of luck in your journey. I know things got a lil crazy, but I just wanted to be pushed beyond my percieved limits by the LHW GOAT again. God bless and God willing we get to dance under those lights again.— Dominick Reyes (@DomReyes) August 30, 2020
Reyes also admitted that he might have been influenced by the opinion of the masses, many of whom scored the UFC 247 clash in his favor.
“I let too many people tell me how I should feel (angry) instead of just acting on how I do feel (grateful),” Reyes added.
Prior to facing Jones, Reyes was victorious in his first 12 professional appearances, earning wins over the likes of Chris Weidman, Volkan Oezdemir, Ovince St. Preux and Jared Cannonier along the way. UFC 253 is expected to take place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and is headlined by a middleweight title clash between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Henrique Costa.