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Dominick Reyes optimistic despite loss at UFC 281

Dominick Reyes remains positive despite going through a rough patch in his career. The former UFC title challenger suffered a first-round knockout


Dominick Reyes remains positive despite going through a rough patch in his career. The former UFC title challenger suffered a first-round knockout loss in his return to the Octagon on Saturday at UFC 281. Reyes (12-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) was brutally knocked out just 80 seconds into his light heavyweight bout with Ryan Spann (21-7 MMA, 7-2 UFC).

The KO loss put Reyes on a four-fight losing streak. The last three losses have come by stoppage. But the 32-year-old remains positive and promises to return.

I was hungry to raise my hand and rushed the fight. I’m fine, I live to fight another day. another lesson learned. Congratulations to (Alex Pereira), what an incredible performance to become the middleweight champion. God is always good. Thanks to my friends and family who support me, to my management (Tiki Ghosn, Upgrade Management). … I’ll be back to get it off my back and go back there. Many thanks to (UFC, Dana White, The Garden) for the opportunity. The energy was incredible last night, and it felt great to be in the arena again.”

Reyes’ most recent UFC victory came in October 2019 when he knocked out former middleweight champion Chris Weidman. The win earned him a shot at then-light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. He lost that title shot in a controversial decision.