This Saturday the headliner of UFC 247 is set to bring Jon Jones another title defense against an opponent who is undefeated with an impressive record of 12-0 and 6-0 in UFC.
Reyes has fought top opponents in UFC like Ovince St. Preux, Volkan Oezdemir, Jared Cannonier, Chris Weidman etc. But he hasn’t been stopped by any of these top men in light heavyweight category. Many are looking up-to Reyes as one of the best contenders Jones has faced so far, not only because of his record, but overall a best match in terms of power, fighting style and good striking ability.
Reyes is 6’4 in height and has reach of 77’ which is almost similar to last three opponents Jones has defended his belt against. Reyes (30 yr old) within two and half years (June 2017) entering in the UFC light heavyweight division has proved himself worthy of a title shot. Out of six UFC winning streak, he has got four first round knockouts over serious hard punchers in UFC. But what Reyes brings different to Jones is what people are eyeing at.
Dominick “The Devastator” Reyes has been seen in his last fights as an aggressive fighter from the first round. Reyes is being addressed by Jones as dominant left hook striker, but his last fights does not reflects him only using hand strikes.
His use of low kicks and head kicks can easily dominate a fighter and make them think twice on closing the distance. His takedown defense is huge (84%) and striking accuracy is at 52% which brings him close to landing one in two strikes thrown at his opponent. The best arsenal he has been using along with his strikes is his movement and his style of changing stance. Different directional movement and striking with power are his best what Jones can expect in his 15th title defense.
We all know how Jones has become a favorite and greatest of all time fighter who has defended his title since 2011 against most dangerous opponents. But let’s find out how he deals with this underdog and next level striker.
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