Dominick Reyes is a mixed martial artist from the United States of America. He competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). In addition to MMA, Reyes also played college football for Stony Brook University.
Player Bio and Personal Life
Reyes was born in 1989 in Hesperia, California. His full name is Dominick Vincent Reyes. His parents are of Mexican and American descent. He stands 6 feet 4 inches tall or 193 cm. His listed weight is 205 pounds or 93 kilograms and his reach is 77 inches or 196 cm. Dominick is a Southpaw and he currently fights out of Victorville, California. He is the brother of former UFC fighter Alex Reyes.
He is nicknamed, The Devastator, because of his kicks. He enjoys several other sports such as snowboarding, wakeboarding, and biking. He follows other professional sports as well and is a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Before going professional in MMA, Reyes had aspirations to be drafted into the National Football League (NFL). He played college football as well as playing for his college wrestling team. He served as the captain of his college football team at Stony Brook. He declared for the NBA in 2013 but he went undrafted in that year’s draft.
When his hopes of joining a professional football team fell through, Reyes went home to work in construction.
While in California, he started training at the Combat Cage Academy. This is the gym where his brother Alex also trained. He initially got interested in MMA to help vent out frustrations. He would soon start competing in amateur events.
In 2017, he worked as an IT Specialist during the day and pursued his MMA career on the side. He played for Legacy Fighting Alliance and King of the Cage before he was eventually signed by UFC.
He debuted in the UFC in 2017. He won his first fight. This was against Joachim Christensen. It also gave him his first Performance of the Night Award.
His next 5 fights with the UFC were all wins. These were against Chris Weidmann, Volkan Oezdemir, Jared Cannonier, Ovince Saint Preux, and Jeremy Kimball. His first loss in the UFC was to Jon Jones. These were followed by losses to Jan Blanchowicz and Jiri Prochazka.
His loss to Jiri ended with Reyes being awarded a Fight of the Night Award. However, Reyes suffered multiple facial fractures as a result of a back elbow blow.
Mixed Martial Arts Record
Wins by Knockout: 7
Wins by Submission: 2
Wins by Decision: 3
Losses by Knockout: 2
Losses by Decision: 1