Dominick Reyes is set to headline his first UFC show opposite former middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, who is moving up in weight. Although Weidman is no doubt a bigger name, the undefeated surging contender believes this is his main event.
“This is my show. This is my main event. I’m the red corner. Very excited about it,” Reyes said (via MMA Junkie). “I got a little hyped, cut my brother real quick. It’s a little cut, but still … this is exactly where I want to be. This is where I want to be. Riding with my loved ones.”
Although Chris Weidman is a big name, Dominick Reyes says they are both each others right opponent. For him, a win only improves his resume and could end up getting a title shot. For Weidman, a win over Reyes gets him into the top-five of the division.
“What he brings to the table is his name,” Reyes said. “I bring the rankings. I’m ranked high in the rankings, so he thinks knocking me off is going to bring him closer to the title.
“Me taking him out with his big name brings me closer to the title. We’re both bringing something to the table, and I look forward to knocking out my signature win.”
Regardless, Dominick Reyes is certain he will win this fight as he doesn’t believe Chris Weidman’s chin can hold up. So, he expects he will put the former champs lights out.
“That remains to be seen,” Reyes said. “That’s the question we all have. Will his chin hold up? I don’t think it will. He’s been in some real wars, man – a lot of wars. These fights aren’t just like quick fights. He’s not getting quick knockouts.
“He’s fighting, he’s bleeding, he’s getting shots. Every shot takes a little bit off your energy bar. … He’s getting knocked out, so I’m going to capitalize on that.”