Jon Jones dissects Dominick Reyes game on Twitter, not ‘intimidated’ by anything

Jon Jones has been getting a closer look at Dominick Reyes as he prepares for his next UFC light heavyweight title defense, and it doesn’t appear he’s very threatened by his potential next challenger.

Although not official, many signs point to Reyes (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) getting the next shot at 205-pound champ Jones (25-1 MMA, 19-1 UFC) sometime in 2020. The undefeated contender has put together a solid run to get in position to fight for the belt, and he’s been vocal that he thinks he’s the one to hand Jones his first real loss.

Outspoken challengers have historically only proven to motivate Jones, and that appears to be the case again here. Jones took to social on Sunday and took some digs at Reyes and how he’s not as dangerous as some perceive (via Twitter):

Reyes put himself in position to get the fight with Jones following a knockout of former UFC champ Chris Weidman at UFC on ESPN 6 in October.

It appeared to be a two-horse race for who would fight for the belt next, with Corey Anderson also making a case with his first-round TKO of Johnny Walker at UFC 244.

Both Jones and UFC president Dana White said Reyes is the leading candidate, though, and with the champion seemingly all-in on the matchup, it’s not about locking in a date and location.

Jon Jones slams Dominick Reyes for showing him fake respect

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has slammed top contender Dominick Reyes for showing him what he calls ‘fake respect.’

Jones and Reyes have been going after each other hard on social media in recent weeks ever since Reyes knocked out Chris Weiman in the first round at UFC Boston and called Jones out. Jones at first did not seem interested in fighting Reyes but appears to have changed his tune in recent days and the fight between these two rivals seems inevitable.

Now Jones has taken to Twitter to slam Reyes for recent comments the challenger made about the champion. Below see what Jones wrote on his social media.

“You started this whole thing talking about party favors and now you’re going to show this fake ass respect? Serious question Dominic, what exactly is so next generation about you or your fighting style? Youre a new name, that’s the only thing different about you.”

Jones then responded to a fan on Twitter to criticize Reyes’ game even more.

“That’s the easy way out, I don’t do easy. There’s absolutely no where in his game I’m intimidated. He’s dangerous in the first round, after that I’ll figure him out and pick them apart”

UFC president Dana White recently admitted that Reyes is likely next in line for Jones. But so far nothing has been booked between the two rivals. With all the trash-talking going on between the two on social media, it seems like it’s just a matter of time until the UFC makes this fight official.

Jones has not fought since a split decision win over Thiago Santos back at UFC 239 in July and seems anxious for a fight. Reyes seems to be next, but don’t count out Corey Anderson or the winner of next weekend’s Jan Blachowicz vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza fight as possible opponents just yet.

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Dominick Reyes reacts after Jon Jones agrees to title fight

Undefeated light heavyweight contender Dominick Reyes (12-0 MMA) has received his wish and will get the opportunity to challenge Jon Jones for the divisions coveted title.

‘Bones’ took to Twitter earlier this week where he revealed that after reviewing footage of both Corey Anderson and Dominick Reyes with his coaches, his team had concluded that ‘The Devastator’ was the more dangerous opponent and would thus receive the next crack at his title.

”Just finished a coaches meeting studying Dominick and Cory’s careers. Established Dominick’s definitely the more dangerous fighter. Beating his ass next.” – Jon Jones

Today Reyes reacted to the news that he would be getting the next chance at taking out the UFC’s light heavyweight kingpin.

”A champion so great, he is now going to be fighting the first of the next generation! It’s such an honor and I can’t wait die my crack at the king in the Octagon.”

Dominick Reyes is coming off a sensational first round knockout victory over former middleweight champion Chris Weidman at last month’s UFC event in Boston. That victory improved his record to 12-0 overall.

Meanwhile, Jon Jones (25-1 MMA) was last seen in action at July’s UFC 239 event, where he scored a split decision victory over Thiago Santos to retain his light heavyweight championship.

Prior to defeating Santos, ’Bones’ had scored impressive wins over Anthony Smith and Alexander Gustafsson.

Who do you think will emerge victorious when Dominick Reyes and Jon Jones square off in 2020? Sound off in the comments section Penn Nation!

This article first appeared on bjpenn.com November 9, 2019

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How will UFC handle Maycee Barber, Edmen Shahbazyan’s historic title aspirations?

Jon Jones has held the record for youngest champion in UFC history for more than eight years. However, for the first time in a long time, his spot could be under threat.

Undefeated rising prospects Maycee Barber and Edmen Shahbazyan are both fixated on snapping Jones’ record, and they still have nearly two years each to do it.

Jones won light heavyweight gold for the first time at 23, defeating Mauricio Rua in March 2011 at UFC 128. Barber (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who is climbing the rankings at women’s flyweight, and Shahbazyan (11-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC), who is doing the same at middleweight, are both 21 and have stated their shared ambition to take Jones’ record for themselves.

But is it realistic?

UFC president Dana White said it’s a challenging balance building up ultra-talented prospects like Barber and Shahbazyan.

“It’s tough,” White told MMA Junkie. “I always say getting into the UFC is really hard, then breaking into the top 15, top 10, top five, and becoming a world champion is almost impossible. You see these young, talented people that have these aspirations. But I love that. I love people who embrace being the best and want to win the world championship. You just have to be careful in how fast you move them.”

White admits his strategy with fighter development has been flawed at times. Jones only got his opportunity to fight “Shogun” for the title because he was an injury replacement for Rashad Evans. Otherwise it could’ve been several more months before his chance came to fruition.

That situation worked out, but White said others haven’t. So when it comes to Barber and Shahbazyan, he intends on making his moves carefully.

“I think we moved (Darren) Till a little too quick,” White said. “It didn’t seem like it at the time, but you find out the hard way. Shahbazyan looked good (at UFC 244), Maycee Barber looked good in her last outing, so we’ll see what the next step is for them. We get in a room, and we argue and go back-and-forth for hours until we figure out who we think is the right fit.”

If the chance does materialize for Barber or Shahbazyan, though, they would be the rare ones to have the chance to break Jones’ record. Rose Namajunas, who was 22 at the time, unsuccessfully fought for the UFC strawweight title at The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale in December 2014.

Dominick Reyes calls Jon Jones a ‘troll,’ wants title fight on Conor McGregor card

UFC light heavyweight contender Dominick Reyes looks like he’s next in line for a title shot against UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who he calls a ‘troll.’

Speaking to MMAFighting.com’s Damon Martin, Reyes spoke about a potential title matchup against Jones, which has gained traction lately after Jones said he believes Reyes is a more intriguing matchup than Corey Anderson for his next title defense. Jones has seemingly agreed to the fight, but until he gets his bout agreement Reyes isn’t buying it.

In the interview, Reyes had quite a few choice words for Jones and his social media game.

“He’s really turned into quite the troll. That’s all I’ve got to say about that. He goes online just to get a rise out of people and then he does completely different from what he says. I think he’s doing it just to mess with people to be honest. I’m ready to go. We’ve just got to get that contract now, sign it up and champ camp begins,” Reyes said.

Jones has not fought since a successful title defense in July, when he edged out a split decision over Thiago Santos. He has been waiting for his next opponent since then, and when Reyes knocked out Chris Weidman at UFC Boston he appeared to jump to the top of the line in the UFC light heavyweight title picture.

At this point, Reyes just wants to get the contract from the UFC. If it was up to Reyes, he would take on Jones at UFC 246 on January 18 in Las Vegas, the card that Conor McGregor is expected to fight on.

“I’d fight him Jan. 18 in Vegas. Put Conor McGregor on the co-main and that sells the fight,” Reyes said.

Do you believe that Dominick Reyes should get the next title shot against Jon Jones?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/8/2019. 

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Jon Jones chooses Dominick Reyes as the UFC opponent he wants to face next

Jon Jones UFC 239 post-fight press conference

Jon Jones has chosen the fighter he wants to face in his next title defense.

The reigning UFC light heavyweight champion hasn’t fought since July when he won a split decision over Thiago Santos to defend his belt for the second straight time. Months have passed since that time with Jones teasing a return to action, but there didn’t seem to be a clear-cut No. 1 contender ready to oppose him.

That all changed this week after Jones and his coaching staff broke down some recent fight footage and decided that undefeated contender Dominick Reyes would present the most interesting challenge.

According to Jones, he examined fights from Reyes and Corey Anderson, who recently handed top rated prospect Johnny Walker a one-sided loss in their meeting at UFC 244 in New York.

“Just finished a coaches meeting studying Dominick and Corey‘s careers,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “Established Dominick’s definitely the more dangerous fighter. Beating his ass next.”

 

Dominick Reyes has earned a UFC title shot

That will come as welcome news to Reyes’ ears after he started calling for the Jones fight immediately after his first-round knockout against former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman back in July.

Reyes is now 12-0 in his career with six straight wins in the UFC including the knockout against Weidman, as well as a split-decision victory over former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir.

Prior to UFC 244 this past weekend, UFC president Dana White had already said he was targeting a fight between Jones and Reyes for the future, but no formal offers had been made.

Now Reyes can hope that Jones’ declaration will secure his first shot at UFC gold, as he looks to tackle the longest reigning champion in light heavyweight history and solve the unsolvable puzzle that no one has been able to figure out for 27 fights over the past 11 years.


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Corey Anderson responds to Jon Jones

As for Anderson, he had already conceded that Reyes was probably going to be next in line for the title shot, but he fired back at Jones’ decision via Twitter.

“Ha. Okay Bones, I wouldn’t want to fight me either,” Anderson said while tagging Jones on Twitter.

Corey Anderson responds to potential Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes title fight

On Wednesday night, Jon Jones said that he has made his decision: he will fight the “more dangerous” fighter in Dominick Reyes over Corey Anderson in his next title defense. 

Anderson has seen the Tweet from the UFC light heavyweight champion and, essentially, laughed it off.

“Ha. Okay Bones,” Anderson said. “I wouldn’t wanna fight me either.”

“Overtime” jumped on the radars of many in the MMA community following his outstanding first-round finish of Johnny Walker on Saturday night at UFC 244. Anderson mocked Walker following the win and was apologetic about the reaction when speaking to the media at Madison Square Garden.

Anderson has won four straight, the last three over top-10 fighters in the division. With victories over Patrick Cummins, Glover Teixeira, Ilir Latifi, and now Walker, the 30-year-old has a strong case for fighting Jon Jones and getting a crack at the UFC light heavyweight title.

When speaking to the media after the win, it seems Anderson’s comments were misconstrued. While some media outlets reported Anderson’s words as “give me a title shot, or release me” towards the UFC brass, it was more of a “give me respect, or release me” stance from the top-five 205-pounder.

“If Jon Jones wants to fight Dominick Reyes in December or January, that’s completely fine. I will take the winner of that,” Anderson said in a recent interview with MMA Fighting. “Then it went onto ‘but what if they try to take one of these new guys and bump them up in the rankings and put them in front of you — what if after Dominick Reyes, they push you to the back of the line again, what would you do?’. That’s when I said, if they’re going to do that to me, then release me.”

Reyes has certainly earned himself an opportunity at Jones and the title with an undefeated 12-0 record, including his most recent performance — a first round knockout victory over former middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC Boston.

Should Jon Jones defend his title against Dominick Reyes or Corey Anderson next?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/7/2019. 

 

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