UFC 247 Countdown: Jones vs Reyes


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Jon Jones faces Dominick Reyes in the main event of UFC 247 in Houston on February 8. See these two athletes train and prepare ahead of their title bout.

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>> Narrator: In all of
professional sports,
no stage is more solitary
than the UFC’s Octagon.
For those who set foot
on this hallowed canvas,
fate is theirs to determine.
>> Jon Anik: This man came in
with all the hype in the world!
>> Narrator: Victory,
only theirs for the taking.
>> Anik: And lives up
to it and then some!
>> Narrator: But for those who
consistently come out on top…
>> Brendan Fitzgerald:
Drops him!
>> Narrator: …
their shot at a UFC title,
over time becomes undeniable.
>> Reyes:
Winning is everything.
>> Anik: Dominick Reyes,
decisive as ever tonight!
>> Reyes: You win, you’ll have
everything you’ve ever wanted.
>> Buffer: Still undefeated!
>> Reyes: And to be
the best of all-time.
This is what I want.
>> Narrator: Towering
light heavyweight finisher
Dominick Reyes, has never
tasted defeat…
>> Anik: There is a new force to
be reckoned with at 205 pounds.
>> Narrator: … and in
this division,
all winning streaks
lead to the greatest
fighter of all time.
>> He’s in my lane.
If you want to be a
champ, want to be a winner,
go do it somewhere else.
>> Narrator: UFC light
heavyweight Jon Jones…
>> Joe: Oh, my goodness!
>> Narrator: … has redefined
the meaning of dominance.
>> Joe: He’s the
youngest ever,
UFC champion, avoided no
one, dominated everyone.
The most unique talent in
the history of the sport.
>> Narrator: … and at UFC 247,
Reyes looks to become the first
to dethrone a living legend.
>> You’re not
special, Dominick.
>> Oh, I’m the one.
>> I’m going to
get you, Dominick.
>> Narrator: The co-main event
presents another title holder,
who has dominated a
division unlike anyone else.
>> Brendan: Well since the
UFC opened the 125 pound
flyweight division, many
expected this to be
a forgone conclusion and
Valentina proved them all right.
>> Narrator:
Undefeated at 125 pounds,
champion Valentina Shevchenko…
>> Joe: She’s not just one
of the best women fighters,
she’s one of the best fighters.
>> Narrator: …has made a
career of shocking all comers.
>> Valentina: You
can’t expect something,
but when you feel the power,
it’s totally different.
>> Anik: Oh!
Valentina Shevchenko!
It’s going to take
a Herculean effort,
many would think, for
somebody to dethrone her.
>> Narrator: On February 8th she
will face number one contender
Katlyn Chookagian…
>> Joe: Oh, these are haymakers!
>> Narrator: …who stands
confident in the face of
an extraordinary challenge.
>> Katlyn: No matter
how I need to win,
I’m going to find that way
and I’m going to be
the UFC champion.
I want that title shot now.
>> Joe: Oh, high kick!
She caught her perfectly!
>> I want that shot.
>> Narrator: Step inside
the lives of champions
and contenders, as they
prepare to make history
in Houston, Texas.
This is UFC 247 Countdown.
[Birds chirping]
>> Narrator: For
over a decade,
the world’s best mixed martial
artist has gone to work in
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Although imperfect by nature,
UFC light heavyweight champion
Jon Jones has been nothing
but sheer brilliance
inside the Octagon.
>> Let’s go. Ten squats!
Brings those hips in. Loosen up.
>> Narrator: …with
countless titles
and memorable performances,
brought on by hard work,
and the influence of an
iconic boxing counterpart.
>> Muhammed Ali, he’s a
big inspiration to me.
He’s a very courageous person
and I feel like he changed
all of sports.
>> Tap, tap. Stick.
>> Jones: I keep them
around, his visual,
it’s a little bit of
an attraction for me, you know?
See a certain thing,
you want a certain thing.
Eventually obtain it.
>> Trainer: Scoop, yep.
>> He’s the first to
say, “I’m the greatest.”
You know?
And when people think
of being the greatest,
you think of Muhammed Ali.
That alone is an
inspiring thing.
[instrumental music]
>> Jones: As a fighter, I
want to have records where
you know, people know
they will never beat it.
Guys who are ten
years younger than me,
they know their
chances of beating it,
are slim to none.
I want to have
records like that.
>> Trainer: Eight, nine, ten.
Last one, Jon, right here.
Fast feet.
>> Jones; I want those record
books and I want the greatest
of all-time conversation,
to not be much of a conversation
by the time I’m done.
>> Narrator: Like
any great story,
it’s best told
from the beginning…
>> Trainer: Three,
two, one, and go.
>> Trainer: Let’s
go, Jon. Big push, big push,
big push. Get it going,
get it going.
>> Narrator: …and the
story of Jon Jones as
UFC champion
>> Trainer: Done!
>> Narrator:…
all started in New Jersey,
on March 19th, 2011.
>> Jones: Ah, let’s go, baby!
My time, baby!
It’s my time, coach.
Let’s go, Jon Jones.
Let’s go, baby.
>> Remember what I told
you about the dogs barking.
They sound ferocious,
they’re on that fence.
But when it’s go time,
the Pitbull takes the neck.
>> Joe: You’re talking about
a guy who has so much going
for him; intelligent,
articulate, creative.
This guy’s got it.
>> Narrator: Since capturing
the UFC light heavyweight
title at 23 years of age,
>> Mike: Oh, my!
>> Joe: That, ladies and
gentlemen, is the future.
>> Narrator:…
Jon Jones has
been quite literally
>> Joe: He’s
incredibly gifted,
amazingly talented young man.
>> Narrator: He took
down living legends…
>> Joe: Jon destroyed
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson,
Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans.
Jon has been beating
everybody they put
in front of him.
>> Narrator: … every
promising challenger
who followed.
>> Mike:
Alexander Gustafsson.
>> Joe: Jon Jones is
not willing to lose.
>> Mike: Glover Teixeira!
>> Joe: An incredible
performance by the champion.
>> Anik: Daniel Cormier,
the two time
United States Olympic wrestler.
>> Joe: Huge, huge
victory for Jon Jones.
>> Narrator: The promotion
threw the best
light heavyweights in the
world at Jones….
>> Joe: He’s just been
smashing and strangling.
>> Narrator: …
they all fell one by one.
>> Joe: You’ve
just seen domination.
>> Narrator: By 2019,
there was simply no one left.
>> Jones: Baby,
this team is unbroken!
And still!
>> Narrator: …
So middleweights began moving
up to light heavyweight,
to test their mettle
against the greatest.
>> Joe: Since moving up
to light heavyweight,
Anthony Smith
has been stellar.
>> Woo!
>> Trainer: No one can stop you,
Anthony Smith.
>> Anik: We’ve seen a lot of
big championship upsets
in UFC history.
>> Wow!
>> Narrator: Anthony
Smith looking to join
that club here tonight.
>> Joe: Jon’s just
getting off first,
over and over again.
>> Anik: Oh!
>> Joe: Beautiful
spinning elbow.
>> Anik: Nice.
>> Joe: Jon has been dictating
the pace, pressing the action.
>> Dominick Cruz: I don’t
know what Smith’s waiting on.
>> Joe: What’s
going on right now,
is he’s realizing why Jon Jones
is the best light heavyweight
of all-time.
>> Buffer: And still!
>> Joe: Now you have
to ask the question, who’s next?
>> Brendan: Thiago Santos,
no problems hitting
the light heavyweight limit, as
former middleweight.
>> Anik: Nice land
to the body by Jones.
>> Joe: Spinning back
kick to the body by Jon.
>> Joe: Oh, he
hurt him with that.
Jones is very aware as
he closes the distance,
Thiago is looking to
take his head off.
>> Anik: Oh!
Man, Jones has a chin, didn’t
seem all that fazed by any
of those three
strikes that landed.
>> Paul Felder: Oh, man!
Sat him down.
>> Joe: Oh, nice kick.
Front kick to the body.
>> Paul: Starting to
play with him a little bit.
>> Joe: Jon’s
starting to beat him up.
>> Anik: Oh!
Big knee from Jones!
[horn sounds]
>> Anik: The path to
light heavyweight gold
still goes through Albuquerque,
New Mexico.
>> Narrator: After narrowly
fending off the first crop
of former middleweights,
a wave of 185 pound
crossovers continued.
>> Megan Olivi: Making his light
heavyweight debut tonight,
Luke Rockhold feels like this
will be his division.
>> Brendan: And here
he is, Jacare Souza as
a light heavyweight
contender tonight.
>> Narrator: With each
looking for their own shot at
the 205 pound champion.
>> Anik: This is a
northeastern showcase
for one of the
best to ever do it.
Chris Weidman, the former
UFC middleweight champion.
He’s 5-0 in UFC main events
and he’s got a new outlook
on life, here at 205 pounds.
>> Buffer: The
>> Cormier: His move to
205 has rejuvenated him.
And tonight he feels like
he’s going to be as good as
he’s ever been.
>> Anik: For Chris Weidman,
a huge opportunity
to immediately vault himself
into the light heavyweight
division’s top five.
He said this whole training camp
has been rooted in grappling.
Early knockdown for Reyes!
Weidman’s out!
>> Narrator: On a cool autumn
night last fall in Boston…
>> Cormier: Holy smoke.
>> Narrator: … a
true light heavyweight
made his presence known.
>> Anik: Dominick Reyes,
decisive as ever tonight!
>> Narrator: At six
foot four inches,
Dominick Reyes is no
middleweight transplant…
>> Cruz: Makes it look easy.
>> Narrator: ..but an
imposing 205 pound force
to be reckoned with.
>> Buffer: By TKO,
Dominick “The Devastator” Reyes!
>> Narrator: He hails from
the Victor Valley region
of Southern California,
where football is a way of life.
And long before
combat sports,
the Reyes brothers
became local sports stars,
at Hesperia High School.
>> This is the first time
I’m back on this track,
since I graduated back in 08′.
Man, frick’n, so
many memories.
Remember when we would be
smacking fools all day?
>> Danny: Oh, yeah, man.
We would always have to
debate what team was better?
I would say my
team is better,
because we were undefeated.
>> They say their
team was better,
think they were
better, but whatever.
I’m going to go to
my favorite seat.
Best seat in the house.
You know when the sun
sets on this field now,
it looks pretty badass.
>> Danny: It does.
>> It’s so weird
looking back on things,
because these are all things
I kind of forgot about.
Coming back is like, it’s
like remembering all this
[bleep] again.
>> Commentator: Suny rivals,
Albany and Stony-Brook,
took the field Saturday
at the opening round
of the FCS playoffs
at LaValle Stadium.
>> Reyes: My dream
was to play in the NFL,
just like every kid that
steps on every football field
and all throughout America.
Just my dream, I got
closer than most people.
>> Commentator:
And all of a sudden,
the Sea Wolves have
erased an 18 point deficit,
to lead by three.
>> I had a full
ride scholarship.
I started for four
years in college.
>> Commentator: Watch as the
play of the season unfolds.
Di Lella to the end-zone, it’s
tipped and picked off
by Dominick Reyes.
And that seals the
game for The Sea Wolves.
>> I was team captain
for two years in a row.
>> Commentator: They will
advance to the next round
of the FCS playoffs.
It just didn’t work out, man.
>> Reyes: My football
career came to a close,
because I wasn’t good enough.
That’s it.
That’s the bottom line.
Somebody decided I wasn’t
good enough and that was it.
I didn’t have
control of my destiny.
I have all the control now.
If you want something in
mma, you go out
and literally take it.
>> Narrator: With
NFL dreams cast aside,
Reyes now owns his
own fitness facility,
but the endeavor is merely a
compliment to his true passion,
a very successful
career in mixed martial arts.
>> Boom-boom.
>> Narrator: One where
his natural athletic
abilities from football…
>> Nice.
>> Narrator: …have
translated quite well.
>> Brendan: Keep your
eyes on Dominick Reyes
at light heavyweight.
>> Playing DB,
like I live in space.
I understand movement.
>> Anik: Reyes
presses forward,
follows up the
kick with punches!
>> Reyes:
Receivers running at you,
you have to make a
decision right now,
or he’s going to score.
And it has to be
the right decision.
>> Anik: Oh, massive
knockdown for Reyes!
>> Cruz: Oh, my
goodness it’s over!
>> Anik: This man came in
with all the hype
in the world and lives up
to it and then some!
>> Reyes: I understand
angles, ranges.
>> Joe: He’s really
adapted very quickly to mma.
His striking is outstanding.
He’s got great
submission skills.
>> Anik: There’s the tap.
>> Joe: His ability
to move in and out,
from side to side.
>> Brendan:
Landed the uppercut,
now kicks to the top.
>> Joe: He’s very
technical and fluid.
He’s a real hot prospect.
>> Brendan: Drops him!
Another first round finish!
Quick work.
>> Reyes: I’m
tall, fast, and, powerful.
>> Joe: Oh, big elbows.
Big left hands by Reyes.
>> Anik: Combination
on the feet from Reyes.
>> Paul You just a look at
that guy and he lays out
a big straight punch, man,
he’s going to damage you.
>> Anik: Oh!
Right at the gun!
>> Joe: You came into
this fight tonight,
a prospect, you
leave a top contender.
>> Buffer: Still undefeated!
>> I’m dangerous, man.
>> Anik: Would hate to get
cracked by that guy
in the backfield, now he’s
cracking people in the UFC.
>> Now it’s time
to take out Jones.
I’m coming for you, Jon.
I’m coming for you.
>> Narrator: Reyes’ win
over Chris Weidman,
improved his record
to a perfect 12 and 0.
>> Anik: If you were looking
for a result to make people
want to see you fight
Jon Jones for the title,
can’t do much
better than that.
>> Go get the belt.
>> Narrator: Which earned him
a February 8th title shot,
against the one and
only Jon “Bones” Jones.
>> Trainer: Come
on, let them go!
>> Reyes: I’m
super dangerous,
Jones is super dangerous, and
we’re going to collide in
the middle of the Octagon
and we’re going to see who is
the more dangerous man.
>> Anik: There is a new force to
be reckoned with at 205 pounds,
Dominick Reyes!
>> Narrator: One of the first
known super-camps of
mixed martial arts, was the
Jackson Wink Academy
in Albuquerque,
which is responsible for
numerous UFC champions.
The most notable beneficiary
of this gym’s backing,
has been reigning
light heavyweight king,
Jon Jones.
And his team is
stronger today,
than ever before, with a
stable of local coaches,
and incoming specialists
like nutrition expert,
Lou Giordano.
>> I’ve been blessed to
be in a lot of camps,
I’ve never seen a
team work together,
the way that
this teams works;
mentally, physically,
It’s unbelievable and it’s
humbling to be around, you know?
I got to like pinch
myself every once in awhile.
So let’s just take this down
to Jon and let him eat it up.
>> What’s up, dude?
>> Hey, man.
>> Thank you, man.
This is awesome.
>> Appreciate you.
>> I’m telling you, fine–
fine-tuned machine around here.
You guys want to pray in?
>> Yeah.
>> If you’re
around Team Jones,
you’ll notice a
lot of prayer.
>> Father, I thank you
for gathering us here, Lord.
We just ask that you
continue to bless this team,
Lord and continue to
give us the wisdom,
and strength, Lord.
>> Jones: And I’ve noticed
since we started praying as
a unit, our vibe as a unit
has gotten so much stronger.
>> We truly love you in
Jesus’ precious name.
>> Amen.
Getting grown men
to get in a circle,
hold hands, and look each
other in the eyes for
a moment and just connect
on a different level.
>> So let’s start with
a schedule real quick.
>> Okay.
>> Make sure we’re good for
this week and then we’ll
all watch tape.
>> Izzy, this week you
got Tuesday morning,
Wednesday morning.
>> Izzy: Thursday morning.
>> Jones: Has given us so
much strength as a program.
It took us from being a team,
to more of a family unit.
We going to spar
Thursday and Wednesday?
>> Man: I can get to it.
>> Narrator:
From mind to body,
and from planning to execution,
this team’s formula for
championship level success,
is withstanding
the test of time.
>> Jon’s career has been
evolving and I think there
has been a lot of wonderful
moments in his career,
because heh as the
right people around him.
>> Hey, guys,
shout out to my team.
>> Izzy: And
he’s still going.
>> Jones: This is our 14th
world title and it’s coming
back to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
>> Anik: From Johnny Bones, it’s
been all about “we” and not “I.”
That is a closely knit
team: Mike Winkeljohn
and Brandon Gibson right there.
The path to light heavyweight
gold still goes through
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
>> We’ve been doing
this for a long time,
but the more and more we
spend around each other,
the better we are.
>> See what this shirt says.
It says “unbroken” baby.
This team is unbroken.
>> This Jackson-Wink
gym is a special place.
>> 22, 23, 24.
>> Jones: I’m a big fan of
looking at yourself as being
someone of ordinary.
>> 18, 19, 20, 21.
>> Jones: And when you focus
your ideas and you can do
extraordinary things.
I’m so grateful for the team
of guys I have in my life.
I owe this win to them.
We are proof that teamwork
collaboration communication
can do anything.
One, two, three, four.
One-two- three. Good job, guys.
Looking around, you’ll
see, what I believe
is the greatest mixed
martial arts program
in the world’s history.
>> 16, 17, 18, 19.
>> To the promised
land, gentlemen.
You guys ready to work?
[everyone saying “yes, sir]
>> Here we go.
A lot of normal guys, that are
doing extraordinary things.
From relationships to
morals, to everything.
I’m really fortunate and
blessed to have such great
leaders in my life.
>> Man: Who am I!
[everyone screaming “‘I’m
the champion!]
>> Yeah!
[everyone screaming “Woo”]
>> Jones: Woo-hoo.
>> Narrator: Take a short
drive outside the sprawling
county of Los Angeles
and you will encounter a
vast expanse of desert.
[instrumental music]
>> Narrator: The first
arid town beyond LA’s
lush cityscape, is Hesperia.
Where Jon Jones’ next
opponent Dominick Reyes
came of age.
>> Reyes: It’s
a gritty place, man.
What soft animal
comes out of the desert?
You got to be
tough to live here.
I was born and raised here.
And I think that has a lot to do
with why I’m where I’m today.
It’s a tough culture here.
>> Narrator: This local
culture pays no mind to
the weak
and Reyes has been
hardened from day one,
by the first wrestling
coach he’s ever had.
A highly respected veteran, with
UFC championship experience.
>> Joe: Joe Stevenson is
at the top of the heap.
He’s a very stern
test for BJ Penn.
He has all the
potential in the world.
>> Commentator: It’s
all about what you do
with your opportunities.
[grunting and exerting with
every punch]
>> Buffer: The new UFC
lightweight champion!
>> Mike: Stevenson
overwhelmed with emotion.
>> Joe: Sometimes you
know when you lose a fight,
you learn a lot more than
you do when you win a fight.
>> I got to
fight for the title.
I just don’t want people to make
the same mistakes I made.
You know, a lot of
times people will make it,
then they forgot
what got them there.
Or they get distracted and
then start losing fights.
Dominick, he’s been able to
be level-headed and that’s
all you can ask for.
>> Man: Alright,
guys, grab a partner!
Combo for combo!
Combo for combo!
>> Narrator: In preparation
for the five round title bout
with Jon Jones, Stevenson
places Reyes
in a humbling sparring session.
>> Stevenson: We’re starting
with Jamal and Dominick.
The first round and the last
round and then a fresh guy,
each minute.
>> Narrator: One
known in combat sports,
as the, “Shark Tank.”
>> Three, two, one!
>> Stevenson: Having a
fresh guy rotate on you,
every minute, is
different style,
different person.
You can’t get any reads.
You have to make short
adjustments right then
and there.
There we go.
>> Reyes: It’s designed to
put you in crappy positions,
so that when you’re in
those crappy positions
in the fight, it’s normal.
>> Stevenson: There
we go, there we go!
>> Reyes: It messes
with your psyche,
it makes you feel like
you’re not enough every time.
And it’s good though,
it keeps you sharp.
>> Time!
Let’s go, Dominick!
Here we go!
>> Reyes: Mental toughness
is the name of the game.
>> Here we go. There we go.
Step through.
Very good!
Now it’s all you.
[breathing in exhaustion]
>> Three minutes, three minutes!
This is where we go harder!
This third minute for
you is going to be
make or break for them.
Break them.
Break them.
In their head now!
They’re thinking how
much time is left.
If they want a way
out, give them a way out!
I don’t want him to say
“I fought for the title.”
I want him to say,
“I won the title.”
I want him to say, “I
defended the title.”
And he’s got a great chance.
The ref wants to stop it!
Take it over from them.
>> I’m going to win.
It will be, “And new light
heavyweight world champion.”
>> Stevenson: Time!
Everyone knows without
a shadow of a doubt,
gotta take everything.
>> Narrator: Some of the best
athletes to ever represent
the Hesperia High School
>> Man: Ready….sprint!
>> Narrator: …are the Reyes
brothers and wrestling standouts
Danny, along with UFC
light heavyweight title
challenger Dominick,
>> Danny: Partner up!
Level two, singles!
>> Narrator: …continue
to support the program.
>> Me and my brother would
smash each other into that
panel right
there, all the time.
He would try to
put me into it,
to try to get me
out of practice.
It was awesome.
>> Danny: There
you go, come on.
Come on. Come on.
>> Looking back on it, that
set the groundwork for what
I’m doing now.
>> Let’s go! Up jogging.
Up jogging!
Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!
>> I’ve not had a season in my
life where I didn’t play sports.
>> Sprint!
>> Reyes: Really pushing it
and being the best
on the team.
All those skills I’ve
obtained in all the other
sports you know?
The hand-eye coordination
from baseball.
Toughest group on campus.
The toughness from wrestling,
the balance from wrestling.
I can now use all
those skills and all those
abilities in fighting.
>> Danny: Five
wall touches, go!
>> Reyes: And I don’t think
Jon has ever fought anyone
with my sport’s IQ.
>> Danny: Pick it up!
>> He’s fought wrestlers,
he’s fought strikers,
but never athletes.
>> Danny: Three, two, one!
Time, recover!
What are you fighting for?
What are you working for?
>> Narrator: UFC light
heavyweight champion
Jon Jones, is preparing for his
15th consecutive title fight,
and always studies his opponents
in extraordinary detail.
>> Man: Three, four, five.
>> Narrator: At times, he
understands his adversaries,
on a deeper level
than they may expect.
>> Man: Three, four, five.
>> I really don’t like
people like Dominick,
to be honest with you.
He’s always had it all.
You know he’s
always been the starter,
and he’s always
been the jock,
he’s always
been the cool kid.
He has his degrees in
[bleep] and he thinks
he’s smarter than people.
He thinks he’s more
athletic than people.
[canvas thumping
from foot shuffling]
>> Jones: And he’s convinced
himself that these common traits
in elite level athletes are
somehow different in him.
>> There you go.
[pads thumping]
>> Newsflash, we’re all
elite level athletes here.
[pads thumping and grunting]
>> All day we’re
just warming up.
>> All day.
But at the same time, I
think we all know for a fact
he hasn’t fought someone as
athletic as me.
>> Joe: Oh,
spinning back fist!
>> Mike: That hurt him!
>> Narrator: The Octagon is
a crucible for
showcasing athletic ability.
>> Mike: How good was that!
>> Narrator: Where for
years, Jon Jones has put on
a magnificent display.
>> Joe: Jones has got a
real unorthodox striking.
Beautiful takedown.
>> Mike: Jones
likes the throws!
>> Joe: He’s got
outstanding wrestling,
great technique,
great athleticism.
>> Mike: Oh, my!
>> Joe: The distance he
throws kicks and you can’t
hit him, is pretty substantial.
Jon’s left leg is so dynamic.
>> Mike: He stopped
him with that elbow.
>> Joe: Another example of
how crazy and unpredictable,
Jon Jones is.
>> Mike: And another elbow!
>> Narrator: The most perplexing
enigma in the sport’s history…
>> Joe: That is a
brilliant move!
>> Narrator: … is
never deciphered.
>> Cruz: That’s
what he’s doing,
he’s switching up the
kicks; he goes low,
he goes high, he goes
knee, he goes elbow.
Different looks always
and each strike sets up
the next one.
>> Narrator: But oncoming
continue to observe
with confidence.
[pedals creaking]
>> Reyes: Before I was
booked to fight Jon,
I would watch his
fights just as a fan.
>> Cruz: Jon showing
good footwork too here.
Moving well, side-to-side,
switching stance.
Alex is on him right now,
keeping the pace the way
he needs to.
Keeping the pressure.
>> Reyes: I didn’t really
delve into his like little
techniques or his mistakes,
or everything that was going on.
I was just watching
and enjoy the fights.
>> Anik: Two minutes
gone by, here in round one.
Oh, lead elbow
from Jones lands.
>> Joe: And a nice front
kick to the body as well.
>> Reyes: I think he’s one of
the greatest ever for a reason.
I’ve watched the film
and that becomes more
and more evident.
>> Anik: Good
entry there by Jones!
He gets his first takedown.
[Joe on TV]:
Jon Jones on top.
>> It also becomes
more and more evident,
that he’s just a man.
>> Joe: Jon is not
enjoying going
backwards constantly like this.
>> Just like any of
us, man, just a man.
And there’s many ways to
beat him and I’m here
to make that happen.
The more I watch film, the
more I realize how much fun
this is going to be.
This is going to be fun.
>> Dominick, two and a
half years from UFC debut,
to now fighting the man that
many say is the greatest
of all-time.
What’s the feeling
like at this moment?
>> I’m pumped, man.
I’ve worked
extremely hard to get here.
I’m completely different
than anybody he’s ever faced.
>> Everyone’s undefeated
before they fight me, bro.
>> No, they’re not.
They’re not though.
They’re really not though.
>> You’re not
special, Dominick.
>> Oh, I’m the one.
Promise you.
[crowd cheering]
>> Reyes: When I
went on stage with him,
there was an air of
insecurity all over his body
and I was like, “What
the heck is going on?
Like this is
supposed to be the guy.”
>> Jones: Bro, I’m
going to get you.
I’m going to get
you, Dominick.
>> Reyes: Alright, let’s see.
>> Jones: You know it.
>> Reyes: He looked into
my eyes and saw I was down.
It bothers him, it
really bothers him,
because I’m not
taking a step back.
I don’t care what
you did before.
What matters is what
happens on February 8th.
I’m in his head!
>> Bro, you’re disrespectful.
You’re disrespectful
to the wrong one.
Since I’ve been 23 years old,
I had to teach myself how
to look at some of the most
dangerous men in the eyes
and let them know that I’m here.
>> Joe: This confidence, this
is what comes from being
the youngest ever UFC champion
and defend it several times.
>> Jones: So some guy who is
a football player
is thinking that I’m afraid.
I find that hysterical.
>> Reyes: Hey, Jon,
I want that belt, baby.
Let’s go!
>> Cruz: What I see here, is
somebody who is just ready
to go do their job.
Oh, my goodness it’s over!
>> Anik: Dominick Reyes!
>> Jones: He feels the power
of just being in this fight.
>> Anik:
Dominick Reyes, folks!
>> Jones: He’s more
famous than he’s ever been.
>> Joe: Dominick
Reyes putting on a show.
>> Anik: There’s the tap!
>> Joe: Oh, that’s it!
>> Jones: For a
lot of fighters,
this is making it.
You’re fighting against
someone who is known as
the best fighter ever.
>> Joe: Jon has been beating
everybody they put
in front of him.
It gives you this energy
that you’ve always wanted,
even though you
haven’t won the title.
You’re not going
to win the title.
This isn’t the [bleep] you’re
used to, Dominick.
>> Narrator: To this day, the
best light heavyweights
to ever compete, all fell
to the great Jon Jones.
>> Joe: It’s a
man against boys.
I mean this is just the story
of every Jon Jones fight.
>> Narrator: But Reyes
remains fearless on the brink
of his chance to
rewrite history at UFC 247.
>> Anik: Oh, early
knockdown for Reyes!
>> Cruz: Big punches!
>> Anik: Weidman’s out!
If you were looking for an
outcome to make people want
to see you fight Jon
Jones for the title,
can’t do much
better than that.
>> Reyes: You won
all these fights,
beat all these people.
>> Anik: Cormier is down!
That is it!
Jon Jones has done it!
>> Now it’s time for you to get
a taste of your own medicine.
>> Anik: There is a new force to
be reckoned with at 205 pounds.
Dominick Reyes!
And it’s time for you to go!
>> Brendan: Is this his moment?

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