Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight hitters Dominick Reyes and Joachim Christensen squared off last night (June 25, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 112 inside Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Reyes earned some internet fame with a slick high kick knockout of a trash talking opponent, which earned him the call up to UFC. Still relatively unknown, Reyes was hoping to make an impact in his debut. Meanwhile, Christensen’s UFC career had not exactly gone as planned thus far. Losing two of his first three bouts, the European veteran was very likely fighting with his UFC career on the line.
This one didn’t last long.
Reyes walked right to his opponent and cracked him with a hard left hand. He followed up with a blocked high kick, but Christensen was hurt and trapped along the fence. Reyes feinted the kick and instead sent his opponent to the mat with another brutal cross.
Some follow up punches ended the bout. In a fight this quick, it probably makes sense to just watch UFC’s twitter video.
Official time - :29 of round 1.— #UFCOKC (@ufc) June 26, 2017
WHAT A DEBUT FOR LHW @DomReyes! #UFCOKC pic.twitter.com/BUD3uZU6PD
Light Heavyweight has a strong new prospect, and his name is Dominick Reyes.
Reyes showed a lot of great traits in this quick bout. His kickboxing was accurate and relaxed; Reyes didn’t force a single strike. Each one was thrown from the ideal range, and Reyes continued to feint even after rocking his opponent, which showed great patience. Feinting the left kick to close distance and landing a cracking left hand is advance stuff, and Reyes did it very fluidly.
When you add in the smooth takedown defense mid-punches and pinpoint finishing strikes afterward, it’s pretty easy to get excited. Reyes’ is an athletic and full-sized Light Heavyweight with knockout power — just what the division needs!
As for Christensen, he unfortunately had to be the one to find out just how talented Reyes’ is. He was hurt badly by the first punch of the fight and tried to survive, but Reyes was very on point.
This was the first knockout loss of Christensen’s career, so it’s not like he usually folds at the first exchange.
On the bright side, Christensen may get another chance. Win or lose, his fights have been entertaining and ended rather quickly. There simply aren’t that many Light Heavyweights around that can compete, so Christensen still has something to offer.
Last night, Dominick Reyes made a stellar debut via 29-second knockout. Who should the prospect face next?
For complete UFC Fight Night 112: “Chiesa vs. Lee” results and play-by-play, click HERE!