UFC 247: Jon Jones Open to Rematch With Dominick Reyes, if Fans Call For Fight
By FCF Staff
After squeaking by Dominick Reyes on Saturday night, Jon Jones is open to giving the rising star a rematch if that’s the bout fans want.
Jones faced Reyes in the main event of UFC 247, and although he appeared to be out struck in the first three rounds, he was handed the decision win. While speaking to the media after the bout, Jones had this to say about his performance and the the possibility of fighting Reyes again (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“I wasn’t always confident I was winning the fight,” Jones said. “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.”
“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.”
Reyes had won 12 straight prior to incurring his first loss on Saturday night. Jones has now defended the light-heavyweight title three times in his latest run as champion.