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UFC Jacksonville headliner Anthony Smith states he recommends seeing Dominick Reyes get a second chance at UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones, but he does not believe Reyes would get a win in the rematch either
Anthony Smith and Glover Teixeira are both on the hunt to another fracture at Jon Jones and the UFC light heavyweight championship when they clash in the main event of the Might 13 UFC Jacksonville card.
While Teixeira’s title shot returned in 2014 at UFC 172, Smith’s followed an enormous rise the ranks and in appeal that came together with a decision to go up to 205 pounds in 2018 after losing a middleweight war with existing fellow light heavyweight competitor and former title opposition Thiago Santos.
The 205- pound division remains in an intriguing state, as it is filled with competitors, but the majority of whom have actually either formerly challenged Jones and stopped working or are not yet prepared and in position to make such an obstacle.
The only 2 men in the top-five not to challenge Jones yet are Jan Blachowicz and Corey Anderson, and while Blachowicz beat Anderson in a February title eliminator, it came one week after Jones kept the belt in an extremely questionable decision versus Dominick Reyes.
Numerous have actually sobbed out for Reyes to get a do-over versus the long time on-again, off-again king of the UFC’s light heavyweight division, and Smith unwillingly states Reyes is deserving of such. He, nevertheless, keeps in mind that Blachowicz is a deserving competitor in his own.
“I guess for me, when you’re talking about what makes sense, I don’t really know what makes sense because I’m not the UFC,” Smith stated. “So, I don’t know financially what does that look like, timeline what does that look like, there’s a lot of things that go into that. But who do I think deserves it? As much as it pains me to say it, I think Dominick Reyes deserves a rematch. He did everything he was supposed to do: he went out there, busted his a** and gave Jon all he could handle. And I think if you ask 10 people, the majority of people will say Jon Jones lost that fight.”
” On the flip side of that, I believe Jan Blachowicz– possibly not similarly– but likewise deserves a title shot. I believe Reyes’ claim to it is a little bit more powerful. Blachowicz has a win over [Luke] Rockhold … there’s 20 fighters because division that have not seen Luke Rockhold win a battle prior to. And he lost to Thiago Santos, who is likewise drifting around out there. He does have a great win over Corey Anderson, I will provide him that, but I believe the method Reyes entered there and did what he did, he had actually something taken from him by the commission.”
Smith, nevertheless, does not always believe Reyes will win in the second battle either.
“[Reyes] needs to have the chance to right that incorrect, and I likewise do not believe he will win the rematch” Smith stated. “I think that was the best Dominick Reyes; I think that’s all he has to offer. I think that’s as good as it gets. And I think Jon Jones tends to do better in rematches and I don’t think Reyes left anything in the tank for later.”
In the period of about a month-and-a-half, Smith scored vicious, fast knockouts of light heavyweight legends Rashad Evans and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua prior to a win over Volkan Oezdemir a couple of months later on to make a fracture at Jones at UFC235 There, Smith went the range and might have possibly won the title on a disqualification, but he wound up losing a consentaneous decision.
Smith rebounded in June with a win over Alexander Gustafsson but has actually been nursing a hurt hand he suffered throughout the battle given that.
UFC Jacksonville occurs over 2 days on Might 13 and Might 16, 2020, live from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Follow in addition to FanSided Mixed Martial Arts for all your UFC news and highlights.
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