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UFC 247’s Jon Jones grills Dominick Reyes on ‘athleticism’ claims: ‘I definitely don’t understand’

Jon Jones has no idea what Dominick Reyes is talking about when it comes to athleticism.

Reyes (12-0) has argued several times that his sports background, which includes college football, is unlikely anything Jones (25-1) has ever faced. Reyes, 30, was asked to elaborate on his next-level athleticism during UFC 247’s recent media conference call ahead of the ESPN+-streamed pay-per-view (PPV) that takes place this weekend (Sat., Feb. 8, 2020) inside Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

“Playing baseball, playing football, basketball, track-and-field, those sports are different than just being a martial artist, just wrestling or karate or whatever you’re doing. It requires a different amount of athleticism and overall focus. It’s different ... it’s just different,” Reyes explained (before sighing). “There’s really nothing to say on that. If you don’t really understand it then you don’t understand it. That’s all there is to it.”

Typically, the conference call format works as a bit of a Q&A between media and the subjected fighter; however, in this instance Jones cut in.

“I definitely don’t understand it,” he said. “Yeah, I definitely don’t understand it. D.C. [Daniel Cormier] has been wrestling since he was a little boy. I’ve been wrestling since I was a little boy. Dominick doesn’t know what the guys I beat grew up doing. So to assume that because he plays sports growing up, that somehow no one else has?”

Reyes was quick to elaborate on his theory.

“It’s not just playing sports, it’s getting to a very high level of athletics. It’s learning the intricacies of movement. It’s really studying film,” Reyes rebutted. “Guys usually don’t study film until they get into the UFC and they really don’t understand what it is. There are so many intricacies of a high-level athlete that most people do not understand. That’s what I’m saying.”

Jones did not sound particularly impressed by Reyes’ analysis. The champion’s remarks come after he made fun of Reyes’ athleticism in a series of tweets on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Light Heavyweight championship showdown between Jones vs. Reyes will headline UFC 247, while a women’s Flyweight title fight featuring Valentina Shevchenko and Katlyn Chookagian serves as the co-main event.

Remember that will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 247 fight card this weekend, starting with the Fight Pass/ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

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