Dominick Reyes (12-0) plans to head into his title fight Saturday February 8th in Houston, Texas against Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones with a clear mind and a “nothing to lose” mentality.
“He’s champion. It’s his belt to lose. It’s mine to gain. I get to be free. I really got nothing to lose. I’m undefeated. I’m fighting Jon Jones, arguably the greatest of all time. I go out there, I put my entire heart on my sleeve. I fight with everything I have. And worse case scenario, I don’t come out on top. But I lost to Jon Jones.”
For Jones (25-1-1), it will mark his first return to the Octagon since winning a close Split-Decision over contender Thiago Santos at UFC 239.
Reyes, a former standout in College Football at StonyBrook University in New York, knows that Jones will hold a significant experience advantage over him. Still, he feels that the current champion will not overlook him, and he will be getting the best version of Jon Jones that exists.
“I’m a guy that Jon definitely doesn’t want to take lightly, and he knows that. He’s a smart competitor. He know’s I’m not a guy that you want to take lightly at all. And I’m sure that he’s training much harder. Or not. But I think I’m going to get a really good version of Jon. I’m training for the best version of Jon.”
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