Dominick Reyes eyes Volkan Oezdemir on Saturday however is trying to put himself ready for a title shot sooner or later.
Jon Jones is again atop the UFC gentle heavyweight division. Since 2011 he’s considered one of two males to carry the light-weight belt and the time the place it was in Daniel Cormier’s fingers had been as a consequence of Jones’s transgressions. At 31-years previous he’s coming into what many individuals consider to be the prime of his profession. However there are prospects pushing their method into the dialog to turn out to be his subsequent contenders. On the high of the listing is Dominick Reyes. As he prepares for his bout towards Volkan Oezdemir at UFC London, he’s trying to cement himself as a legend within the sport and that features taking out Jones.
“That’s the dream. Who doesn’t wish to be the man to take out Jon Jones?” Reyes stated in an interview with Greg Rosenstein of ESPN. “I’m a clear athlete. I’ve been combating clear my entire life. I’ve been drug-tested since school on a regular basis. Once I get there, it’s not going to be only for me. It’s going to be for all of the clear athletes on the market and all of the straight guys who get handed over for the soiled guys as a result of he’s on high proper now. I really feel an ethical obligation to the individuals who do issues proper.”
That’s a powerful assertion for Reyes, who’s using his undefeated streak into Saturday’s bout. Since becoming a member of the UFC, a bit greater than two years in the past, he’s stopped two of three opponents. However even that victory over Ovince St. Preux at UFC 229 could possibly be known as a stoppage as he pressured St. Preux to crumble towards the cage within the last seconds. That was the most important win of his profession up to now and the victory that’s put him on the quick listing of potential contenders. His made it clear that he’s on a quest to turn out to be a champion. Former UFC gentle heavyweight champion and present heavyweight champion, Cormier, pointed to Reyes as a future problem that Jones ought to be careful for.
“The one individual on the weight class to problem him is me however there’s the younger child from Brazil [Johnny Walker], who over time could possibly be robust,” Cormier stated as reported by Adam Guillen of Bloody Elbow. “Dominick Reyes, with time he’ll be actually good.”
That point is rapidly approaching as he prepares to face Oezdemir who’s using a two-fight dropping streak. Reyes is already ranked quantity eight within the division and a victory right here can push him into the highest 5. With Anthony Smith and Alexander Gustafsson going through off at UFC Stockholm in June; Reyes can discover himself within the dialog for a title eliminator.
In lots of regards, Jones has carried out a whole lot of work to wash out the 205-pound group. Slowly however certainly, the division has began to rebuild itself as new contenders are supplanting those who have sat on the high of the rankings for years. Reyes is likely one of the names to look at within the division and he has the chance to take house an important win of his profession at UFC London on Saturday.