UFC lightweight Justin Jaynes released a statement following his violent doctor stoppage TKO defeat to Devonte Smith at UFC Vegas 18.
Jaynes was the victim of brutal ground and pound from Smith, which caused a nasty rat to swell up under his left eye, leading to the cage-side doctor waving off the fight. For Jaynes, this is an especially tough loss to handle as he dropped to 1-3 overall in the UFC. After knocking out Frank Camacho in his UFC debut last June, Jaynes has since lost three straight fights to Smith, Gabriel Benitez, and Gavin Tucker, and he was finished in all of those losses.
Following the loss to Smith, Jaynes took to his social media to release a statement regarding the loss. Check out what “Guitar Hero” shared with his fans on Twitter below.
Tough break. Short notice fights r tough, your either the Hero or ur a shitty fighter to most. Took a gamble and came up short. Grateful for the opportunity from the @ufc! I’ll be back for another go around🤠🤠 pic.twitter.com/0sqHEfCdte
— Justin Jaynes (@JustinJaynesMMA) February 7, 2021
Tough break. Short notice fights r tough, your either the Hero or ur a sh*tty fighter to most. Took a gamble and came up short. Grateful for the opportunity from the @ufc ! I’ll be back for another go around
Jaynes took his UFC debut fight against Camacho on short notice and came up big with the upset knockout win, so he’s felt both sides of the coin when it comes to taking a short-notice fight. This time around against Smith, it didn’t go too well for him, but clearly, he’s hoping that taking the fight on ultra short-notice will help buy him some more time with the promotion. With the UFC matchmakers set to cut upwards of 60 fighters from the active roster, a fighter with a 1-3 record might not stick around. Jaynes is likely hoping that doing the UFC a solid will buy him the goodwill to get one more fight in the Octagon and prove to the doubters that he has what it takes to be at this level.
What do you think is next for Justin Jaynes after this doctor stoppage loss to Devonte Smith?
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