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Dominick Reyes has his roadmap fairly properly laid out for 2019.
The unbeaten mild heavyweight plans to take out Volkan Oezdemir in a pair months, win as soon as extra after that, then battle for the title by the tip of the yr. It’s fairly formidable, to make certain, however he hopes to go away little doubt his subsequent trip.
“It’s all about efficiency within the UFC,” Reyes instructed MMAjunkie Radio earlier this week. “You see guys leap over guys on a regular basis. I feel that stamp on it’s type of my trademark. I wish to have little doubt within the minds of anybody watching that battle that I gained that battle.”
Reyes (10-Zero MMA, Four-Zero UFC) meets Oezdemir (15-Three MMA, Three-2 UFC) at UFC on ESPN+ 5, which takes place March 16 at The O2 in London. The cardboard streams on ESPN+.
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After getting first-round finishes in eight of his first 9 professional fights, together with his first three within the UFC, Reyes needed to go the space at UFC 229 this previous October. He went 15 minutes with former interim title challenger Ovince Saint Preux and gained a unanimous resolution.
Previous to that, Reyes had a 29-second TKO win over Joachim Christensen in his promotional debut, a first-round rear-naked choke of Jeremy Kimball and a first-round TKO of Jared Cannonier to return out weapons blazing in lower than a yr’s time.
Saint Preux was an enormous step up in title worth for the 29-year outdated, and Oezdemir retains him on the identical stage of upper competitors, given he fought Daniel Cormier for the sunshine heavyweight title a yr in the past in Boston.
Dominick Reyes desires to be one to dethrone Jon Jones, presents keys to beating UFC champ
“I feel this battle for me goes to be a press release battle,” Reyes mentioned. “I’m going to essentially come on the market and present the division what’s up and present ‘This can be a man you ought to be anxious about.’”
And after he exhibits the UFC’s 205-pounders what’s up, he believes he’ll be on the trail he sees in his head.
“The way in which I see it’s, two extra fights after which the title,” Reyes mentioned. “By the tip of the yr, possibly in December (I’ll) battle for the title. That appears practical, to be trustworthy.”
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