Ovince Saint Preux and Dominick Reyes wanted to keep the momentum rolling tonight (Sat., Oct. 6, 2018) at UFC 229 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as inch closer to a future 205-pound title shot. Saint Preux was the established veteran looking to halt the rise of the up-and-coming undefeated Reyes.
He was unsuccessful, with Reyes earning a wide unanimous decision win and nearly knocking out Saint Preux at the final bell.
Reyes wanted to mix it up early, using his legs and his hands to put pressure on Saint Preux straight out of the gate. As things began to settle down, Saint Preux shot in for a takedown, but Reyes was able to defend multiple attempts. Saint Preux pushed him up against the fence, where Reyes drilled him with elbows and punches as he worked to finish it, which he never did. On the break Reyes drilled him with a series of shots that wobbled Saint Preux — he was in serious trouble; however, he let him off the hook for some reason and gave him time to recover. Reyes hit him with a foot to the face as the round ended with Saint Preux stumbling back to his corner.
Reyes connected with a straight left, and then a knee, as Saint Preux desperately tried to secure a takedown to start the second round. The two locked up along the cage for a minute, but nothing materialized for either fighter. Saint Preux landed a nice high kick — his best strike of the match — midway through the round. Saint Preux shot for another takedown right into the knee of Reyes, causing a cut to open on his face. Nevertheless, Saint Preux seemed to gain confidence as the action progressed, while Reyes definitely slowed his pace.
It seemed as though Saint Preux needed a big round if he wanted leave “Sin City” victorious. His trainer gave him a spirited pep talk between rounds, but he was unable to land anything of consequence after three minutes melted off the clock. Then he slipped in a hard straight shot, which he tried to follow up with a takedown that Reyes stuffed ... again. Saint Preux started to land more consistently with about one minute remaining in the bout, but Reyes wisely circled and avoided danger. With no time left on the clock, Reyes landed a huge shot that dropped Saint Preux like a sniper. Reyes put up his hands as if it was a walkoff knockout, but the referee advised Saint Preux to walk back to his corner to avoid a stoppage loss since time had expired.
That’s far and away the biggest win of Reyes’ young mixed martial arts (MMA) career. He defeated a very talented and experience contender and he damn near left town with a knockout finish. The future is bright for young Reyes.
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