Dominick Reyes

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Dominick Reyes
Dom reyes.jpg
Dominick Reyes in 2017
Born (1989-12-26) December 26, 1989 (age 31)[1]
Hesperia, California, United States[2]
Nickname(s)The Devastator
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionLight heavyweight (2014–present)
Reach77 in (196 cm)[3]
StanceSouthpaw
Fighting out ofVictorville, California, United States
TeamCage Combat Academy
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4]
Years active2014–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total14
Wins12
By knockout7
By submission2
By decision3
Losses2
By knockout1
By decision1
UniversityStony Brook University
Websitedominickreyes.com
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Dominick Reyes (born December 26, 1989) is an American professional mixed martial artist and former college football player. He currently competes in the Light Heavyweight[5] division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of December 15, 2020, he is #3 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.[6]

Background[edit]

Reyes was born in Hesperia, California, on December 26, 1989, and is of Mexican American descent.[2] Reyes was an athlete from a young age: he wrestled and played American football, aspiring to play in the NFL. Reyes grew up in a poor family; his parents encouraged him to pursue sports in order to avoid getting involved with gangs.[7] After graduating from Hesperia High School, he moved to New York to attend Stony Brook University, where he earned his B.S. in Information Systems.[8]

Reyes was the starting safety for the Stony Brook Seawolves from 2009 to 2012, eventually becoming captain. He twice made the All-Conference team, including being named First Team All-Big South in 2012. He intercepted a pass in the end zone with 54 seconds remaining in the first round of the 2011 FCS Playoffs to give Stony Brook a 31–28 win over in-state rivals Albany.[9] Reyes graduated from Stony Brook as the program's all-time leader in solo tackles (158), recording 259 tackles in total.[10] While he received attention from NFL teams, his speed was deemed 'average' and he ultimately went undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft.[10][11]

Although Reyes attended tryouts for the Canadian Football League afterwards, he had no desire to play for a league that was not top-level.[12] Depressed about the apparent end to his NFL dreams, Reyes returned home to California and worked in construction.[12] He would go on to work manual labor for his father's cabinetry business.[13] He trained for MMA at Combat Cage Academy, his brother Alexander's gym, initially to stay in shape and vent frustration.[12][14] Reyes started competing in amateur MMA fights shortly after.[14][15]

In 2017, Reyes accepted a job as an IT Technical Support Specialist at Oak Hills High School in Oak Hills, California.[12] He left the job after two years to focus on UFC full-time. ESPN's Hallie Grossman described his life during this time as "pulling Clark Kent-ish double duty: by day, he was the technology nerd who made sure the campus internet ran smoothly and installed new computers in classrooms. By night, he was the fighter trying to carve a place for himself in MMA, in King of the Cage and Legacy Fighting Alliance and eventually, finally, the UFC."[13]

If I train hard and do what I have to do in order to prepare myself for an upcoming fight, I should be in position to win. With football, you can do everything right and because of the variety of factors that’s involved in a game; the result may not go in your favor. With MMA, I feel I have a greater control of my destiny.[15]

— Dominick Reyes

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Before signing with the UFC, Reyes amassed an amateur record of 5–0 and was twice the U of MMA champion[16] during his amateur career.[17]

Prior to entering the UFC, Reyes amassed a professional record of 6–0 including a victory that went viral on the internet against Jordan Powell who seemed to be showboating before being knocked out with a head kick.[18][19][20]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Reyes made his promotional debut for the UFC on June 25, 2017 against Joachim Christensen at UFC Fight Night 112.[21][22] He won the bout via technical knockout in the opening minute of the fight,[23] and he earned the Performance of the Night bonus.[24]

Reyes faced Jeremy Kimball on December 2, 2017 at UFC 218.[25] Reyes won the fight via submission in the first round.[26]

Reyes faced Jared Cannonier on May 19, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129.[27] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[28]

Reyes faced Ovince Saint Preux on October 6, 2018 at UFC 229.[29] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[30]

Reyes faced Volkan Oezdemir on March 16, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 5.[31] Reyes won the back-and-forth fight by split decision.[32] 11 media outlets scored the fight in favor of Oezdemir while 8 media outlets scored it for Reyes.[33]

[34]Reyes faced Chris Weidman on October 18, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 6 in the main event.[35] He won the fight via knockout in round one.[36] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[37]

Reyes faced Jon Jones on February 8, 2020 for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 247. He lost the fight via a controversial unanimous decision.[38][39][40] 14 of 21 media outlets scored the contest for Reyes, while only 7 scored it for Jones.[41]

Reyes faced Jan Błachowicz for the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on September 27, 2020 at UFC 253.[42] He lost the fight via technical knockout in the second round.[43]

Reyes was expected to face the inaugural and former Rizin FF Light Heavyweight Champion Jiří Procházka on February 27, 2021 at UFC Fight Night: Reyes vs. Procházka to serve as the event headliner.[44] However, on late January, it was reported that Reyes was pulled from the fight, citing injury, and the bout was rescheduled for May 1 at UFC Fight Night 190.[45][46]

Personal life[edit]

Reyes was nicknamed "The Devastator" because of his calamitous kicks.[15] He is a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers and he enjoys snow boarding, wake boarding, mountain bike riding, dirt bike riding and watching documentary shows on TV.[14] Moreover, Reyes has an older brother, Alex Reyes, who competes in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[47]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
14 matches 12 wins 2 losses
By knockout 7 1
By submission 2 0
By decision 3 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–2 Jan Błachowicz TKO (punches) UFC 253 September 27, 2020 2 4:36 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates For the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 12–1 Jon Jones Decision (unanimous) UFC 247 February 8, 2020 5 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 12–0 Chris Weidman KO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. Weidman October 18, 2019 1 1:43 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 11–0 Volkan Oezdemir Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal March 16, 2019 3 5:00 London, England
Win 10–0 Ovince Saint Preux Decision (unanimous) UFC 229 October 6, 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–0 Jared Cannonier TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman May 19, 2018 1 2:55 Santiago, Chile
Win 8–0 Jeremy Kimball Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 218 December 2, 2017 1 3:39 Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 7–0 Joachim Christensen TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee June 25, 2017 1 0:29 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 6–0 Jordan Powell KO (head kick) LFA 13 June 2, 2017 1 0:53 Burbank, California, United States
Win 5–0 Marcus Govan KO (head kick) Hoosier Fight Club 32 February 11, 2017 1 0:27 Michigan City, Indiana, United States
Win 4–0 Tyler Smith TKO (punches) King of the Cage: Martial Law September 18, 2016 1 1:35 Ontario, California, United States
Win 3–0 Kelly Gray Decision (unanimous) King of the Cage: Sinister Intentions October 17, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 2–0 Jessie Glass Submission (front choke) Gladiator Challenge: Carnage April 3, 2015 1 0:55 Rancho Mirage, California, United States
Win 1–0 Jose Rivas Jr. TKO (punches) King of the Cage: Fisticuffs December 4, 2014 1 3:23 Highland, California, United States Light Heavyweight debut.

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See also[edit]

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