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UFC News: Jon Jones justifies choosing Dominick Reyes as his next opponent over Corey Anderson

R. Nath
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Published Nov 22, 2019
Nov 22, 2019 IST

UFC 239 Jones v Santos
UFC 239 Jones v Santos

Jon Jones now has three potential challengers lined up for him - Dominick Reyes, Corey Anderson, and Jan Blachowicz, all of whom are coming off multi-fight win streaks. While the former two have a better claim to a title shot, the champion has chosen Reyes to be his next challenger, considering him to be a bigger challenge.

He hasn't been all too impressed with Reyes either, but it seems as though he finds Anderson to be a bit of an underwhelming challenge. Corey Anderson, on the other hand, has been demanding a title shot and following a win over the much-hyped Johnny Walker, feels that he has earned the right to face Jones, even going as far as to tell the UFC that if they don't give him a title shot next, they might as well release him.

Jones is now completely focused on Reyes and took to Twitter to justify his decision to face the rising Light Heavyweight.

He used a bit of "MMA Math" to justify his decision to face Reyes. It's quite simple. Jones dominated Ovince Saint Preux to a dominant decision victory in his comeback fight 3 years ago and OSP subsequently finished Corey Anderson but was dominated by Reyes.

That should logically state that Reyes is the toughest match-up for him, but we know that MMA math doesn't always work that way. For one, it would be unfair to Anderson as he learned a lot from that fight and has come leaps and bounds since then. While Reyes is a worthy challenger, he hasn't faced the level of adversity that Anderson has and come back from it.

To add to that, fans bring up Reyes' fight against Volkan Oezdemir, where the majority believe that Oezdemir was robbed of a decision win. With that said, Reyes still presents a big challenge to Jones, but not as big as Thiago Santos was earlier this year.

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