WATCH: Dominick Reyes KOs to get first win in nearly five years after surviving deadly medical condition

Dominick Reyes gets his first win in 5 years at UFC ESPN 57 against Dustin Jacoby.

WATCH: Dominick Reyes KOs to get first win in nearly five years after surviving deadly medical condition

Dominick Reyes KO's Dustin Jacoby at UFC on ESPN 57 (via Bleacher Report/ X)

The drought is finally over for Dominick Reyes in the UFC. After enduring a demoralizing four-fight losing skid, the light heavyweight contender made a resounding statement at UFC on ESPN 57. Plus, he had to endure a life-threatening medical condition as well. Reyes wasted no time asserting his dominance when facing Dustin Jacoby. It reminded everyone of the prime version of Reyes.

Jacoby did a good job with leg kicks in the first minutes of the fight. However, Reyes cut his time short. Within the first two minutes, he caught Jacoby with a stinging counterpunch that rocked him. Seizing the moment, Reyes unleashed a furious barrage of strikes until the referee mercifully intervened, awarding him the knockout victory.

The victory couldn’t have come at a better time for Reyes. The former title challenger found himself in a frustrating slump after narrowly losing a controversial decision to Jon Jones in their February 2020 title clash. Each subsequent loss only added to the mounting pressure and self-doubt.

Furthermore, he was battling with a medical condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis. This condition throws blood clots in the cardiovascular system, which can lead to strokes or heart attacks. At one point, he also faced the potential of dying from the condition.

Fortunately, Reyes made a full recovery. The light heavyweight fighter also announced that he was engaged to his fiance and ready to start a family. Things are finally looking up for Reyes. His performance at UFC on ESPN 57 proved that and remains an inspirational one as well. 

Dominick Reyes details ‘losing his way’ ahead of UFC ESPN 57

A losing streak can be a fighter’s worst nightmare in the world of mixed martial arts. For Dominick Reyes, that nightmare became a harsh reality. He endured a demoralizing four-fight skid that threatened to derail his promising career. This came after his controversial title fight against Jon Jones.

Dominick Reyes reveals losing confidence after losses
Dominick Reyes reveals losing confidence after losses (via MMA Fighting)

Reyes recently spoke with TMZ Sports ahead of his comeback fight. The light heavyweight fighter revealed that he was ready to turn the page and embark on a new chapter. Reyes revealed that the losses came with extreme self-doubt and a lack of confidence.

I lost my way. I began questioning everything. Once you bring doubt in this game, you can't be successful. If you're doubting anything, you can't be successful. I was doubting.
Dominick Reyes via TMZ Sports

These words encapsulated the mental anguish accompanying such a prolonged drought of victories. His losses came against top-level competition like Jiri Prochazka and Jan Blachowicz. But Reyes, ever the resilient warrior, refused to succumb to the darkness. The fighter revealed he was physically and mentally ready for his fight against Dustin Jacoby. Finally, after five years, he returned to the win column.

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