|Born||Dominick Vincent Reyes|
December 26, 1989
Hesperia, California, United States
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Division||Light heavyweight (2014–present)|
|Reach||77 in (196 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Victorville, California, United States|
|Team||Cage Combat Academy|
|Rank||Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||2014–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Stony Brook University|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Dominick Vincent Reyes (born December 26, 1989) is an American professional mixed martial artist and former college football player. He currently competes in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of November 2, 2021, he is #7 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.
Reyes was born in Hesperia, California, on December 26, 1989, and is of Mexican American descent. 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. 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.
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. Reyes graduated from Stony Brook as the program's all-time leader in solo tackles (158), recording 259 tackles in total. While he received attention from NFL teams, his speed was deemed 'average' and he ultimately went undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Although Reyes attended tryouts for the Canadian Football League afterwards, he had no desire to play for a league that was not top-level. Depressed about the apparent end to his NFL dreams, Reyes returned home to California and worked in construction. He would go on to work manual labor for his father's cabinetry business. He trained for MMA at Combat Cage Academy, his brother Alexander's gym, initially to stay in shape and vent frustration. Reyes started competing in amateur MMA fights shortly after.
In 2017, Reyes accepted a job as an IT Technical Support Specialist at Oak Hills High School in Oak Hills, California. 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."
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.— Dominick Reyes
Mixed martial arts career
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Reyes made his promotional debut for the UFC on June 25, 2017 against Joachim Christensen at UFC Fight Night 112. He won the bout via technical knockout in the opening minute of the fight, and he earned the Performance of the Night bonus.
Reyes faced Volkan Oezdemir on March 16, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 5. Reyes won the back-and-forth fight by split decision. 11 media outlets scored the fight in favor of Oezdemir while 8 media outlets scored it for Reyes.
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. 14 of 21 media outlets scored the contest for Reyes, with 7 scoring it for Jones.
Reyes was expected to face the inaugural and former Rizin FF Light Heavyweight Champion Jiří Procházka on February 27, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 186 to serve as the event headliner. 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 on ESPN: Reyes vs. Procházka. In a back and forth fight, Reyes managed to stun Procházka a few times, but was eventually overwhelmed by Procházka's volume, and was knocked out via a spinning back elbow in the second round. Reyes suffered multiple facial fractures in his knockout defeat to Procházka. This bout earned Reyes a Fight of the Night bonus award.
Reyes was nicknamed "The Devastator" because of his calamitous kicks. He is a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers and he enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, mountain bike riding, dirt bike riding, and watching documentary shows on TV. Reyes has an older brother, Alex Reyes, who has competed in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||12 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||12–3||Jiří Procházka||KO (spinning back elbow)||UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. Procházka||May 1, 2021||2||4:29||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|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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