Jon Jones knows he beat Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 but is open to a rematch.
In the main event, Jones was once again a sizeable favorite. But Reyes made the fight a close one, where some event thought he won. But, in the end, it was “Bones” who got his hand raised, who thought he should the difference between a champion and a challenger in the fight.
“I wasn’t always confident I was winning the fight,” Jones said at the post-fight press conference (via MMA Junkie). “I was confident that I wasn’t going to be giving up or slowing down. Greg Jackson said to me, ‘Jon, you may need to win this fifth round to win.’ The heart of a champion said, ‘No problem, coach. I got that, I can do that for you. I can leave it all out there. I’ve got five minutes left.’
“I think I displayed the difference between a champion and an extraordinary contender. He had all the tools. I think he had the endurance. Something special happens when it’s time for the champion to present himself. You guys saw it tonight in the fifth round.”
After the fight, many wondered what would be next for the champ, which he says will be whoever the toughest challenge. And, for him, if that is a rematch with Dominick Reyes, he is fine with that.
“It’s my job to embrace the toughest challenges,” Jones said. “That’s what a champion is being about. I fought D.C. twice, I had no problem signing the contract. I fought Alexander Gustafsson twice and had no problem signing the contract. If the people want to see me fight Dominick again, it’s going to be up to Dana White to find a way to make that happen.”
For now, Jon Jones is healing up his injuries and said he will attend this weekend’s fight between Corey Anderson and Jan Blachowicz who may very well be his next opponent.