Dominick Reyes

Dominick Reyes on Jon Jones: ‘I hope he makes it to the fight’

Dominick Reyes appears to be next in line for Jon Jones.

The UFC’s light heavyweight champion recently came out and said it would be Reyes, yet the undefeated contender isn’t celebrating that yet.

“I wasn’t really surprised,” Reyes said to MMA Fighting. “I was like all right. Now we’ve just got to get a contract. I live my life step-by-step. It was like beat [Chris] Weidman, check. Get Jones to fight you, all right cool. Now actually sign the contract. That’s the next step. It’s another little barrier I’m getting over.

“I don’t really celebrate until after the fight, especially with this guy. I hope he makes it to the fight. It’s a big concern of mine. This guy’s a liability. So we’ll see.”

For Reyes, he is ready for the fight, but doesn’t believe anything Jones says online. Instead, he is just waiting for the contract to be issued out.

“He’s really turned into quite the troll,” Reyes said about Jones. “That’s all I’ve got to say about that. He goes online just to get a raise 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.”

Dominick Reyes is confident in his skillset and believes he has what it takes to dethrone Jon Jones.

“I think the difference between me and those guys is those guys were specialists,” Reyes explained. “Cormier’s a specialist wrestler. Gustafsson’s a specialist striker. I’m like everybody in one. I’m the new generation fighter. He fought a bunch of old generation fighters. This is his first foray into the new generation.

“I’m a guy that’s a little bit of Jon Jones, a little bit of Jose Aldo, a little bit of Dominick Cruz, I’m a little bit of Daniel Cormier. I’m a little bit of everyone right now. I think that’s what makes me special, makes me different. My ability to put it all together. And he’s never fought a Mexican, that’s just a fact. There’s a lot of things that go into it, but I honestly believe that I’m next level.”