Dominck Reyes and Jon Jones. Photos_ Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Dominick Reyes says “the UFC is on board”, but Jon Jones not up for rematch

"I know I’m on board. The issue is Jon right now..."

Despite their first bout being being controversial and closely contested, apparently Jon Jones isn’t particularly interested in a rematch with Dominick Reyes.

The light heavyweights battled it out at UFC 247 earlier this year. Previously unbeaten Reyes was a clear underdog heading into the bout, but managed to push Jones in a way that the champ hadn’t been pushed in a long time. Many disagreed with the unanimous decision that Jones was awarded, feeling that Reyes won the first three rounds.

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Many have wondered about a potential rematch, though Jan Blachowicz’ knockout win over Corey Anderson may have put the breaks on those plans. However Reyes says that the UFC have been positive towards a second bout with Jones – Though the reigning champion hasn’t.

“I know the UFC is on board,” Reyes told MMA Junkie. “I know I’m on board. The issue is Jon right now. He’s going to say he’s down online, obviously on Twitter. When he gets those contracts in front of him, he’s a little different. That’s where we’re at.”

Reyes, unsurprisingly, felt that he won the first fight. He’s been angling for a second bout with Jones since UFC 247, and the result of the first fight simply doesn’t sit right with Reyes.

“I feel like I was wronged on Feb. 8. I’m not OK with that. I’m not just living my life like, ‘Oh yeah. It’s cool. I got robbed. I’m not going to do anything about it. I want to rematch him. I want to fight him again with judges who are a little more competent.”

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com