Dominick Reyes (born December 26, 1989), nicknamed The Devastator, is a Mexican American mixed martial artist and former college football player. He competes in the light heavyweight division and is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of July 1, 2019, he is #4 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.
Reyes was born in Hesperia, California, United States. Reyes has been an athlete where he had a wrestling background and played football when he was young, and aspired to play in the NFL. After graduating from Hesperia High School, he moved to New York to attend Stony Brook University, where he earned his B.S. in Information Systems.
Reyes was the starting safety for the Stony Brook Seawolves from 2009 to 2012, eventually becoming captain. He twice made the All-Conference team, including being named First Team All-Big South in 2012. He intercepted a pass in the end zone with 54 seconds remaining in the first round of the 2011 FCS Playoffs to give Stony Brook a 31-28 win over in-state rivals Albany. Reyes graduated from Stony Brook as the program's all-time leader in solo tackles (158), recording 259 tackles in total. While he received attention from NFL teams, his speed was deemed 'average' and he ultimately went undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft.
He returned home to California and channeled his energy to focus on MMA training at his brother's gym, Combat Cage Academy, and started competing in amateur MMA fights shortly after.
He works as an IT technical support for a high school and fights professionally under the UFC banner.
Mixed martial arts career
Before signing with the UFC, Reyes amassed an amateur record of 5-0 and was twice the U of MMA champion during his amateur career.
Prior to entering the UFC, Reyes amassed a professional record of 6-0 including a victory that went viral on the internet against Jordan Powell who seemed to be showboating before being knocked out with a kick.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Reyes made his promotional debut for the UFC on June 25, 2017 against Joachim Christensen at UFC Fight Night 112. He won the bout via technical knockout in the opening minute of the fight, and he earned the Performance of the Night bonus.
Reyes faced Jeremy Kimball on December 2, 2017 at UFC 218. Reyes won the fight via submission in the first round.
Reyes faced Jared Cannonier on May 19, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129. He won the fight via TKO in the first round.
Reyes faced Ovince Saint Preux on October 6, 2018 at UFC 229. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Reyes faced Volkan Oezdemir on March 16, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 5. He won the fight via controversial split decision. 11 media outlets scored in favor of Oezdemir while 8 media outlets scored in favor for Reyes.
Reyes faced Chris Weidman on October 18, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 6 in the main event. He won the fight via technical knockout in round one. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Reyes is scheduled to face Jon Jones on February 8, 2020 for the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion title at UFC 247.
Reyes' nickname "Devastator" is because of his devastating kicks. He is a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers and he enjoys snow boarding, wake boarding, mountain bike riding, dirt bike riding and watching documentary shows on TV. Moreover, Reyes has an older brother, Alex Reyes, who competes in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|12 matches||12 wins||0 losses|
|Win||12−0||Chris Weidman||KO (punches)||UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. Weidman||October 18, 2019||1||1:43||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||11−0||Volkan Oezdemir||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal||March 16, 2019||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||10−0||Ovince Saint Preux||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 229||October 6, 2018||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–0||Jared Cannonier||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman||May 19, 2018||1||2:55||Santiago, Chile|
|Win||8–0||Jeremy Kimball||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 218||December 2, 2017||1||3:39||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||7–0||Joachim Christensen||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee||June 25, 2017||1||0:29||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||6–0||Jordan Powell||KO (head kick)||LFA 13||June 2, 2017||1||0:53||Burbank, California, United States|
|Win||5–0||Marcus Govan||KO (head kick)||Hoosier Fight Club 32||February 11, 2017||1||0:27||Michigan City, Indiana, United States|
|Win||4–0||Tyler Smith||TKO (punches)||King of the Cage: Martial Law||September 18, 2016||1||1:35||Ontario, California, United States|
|Win||3–0||Kelly Gray||Decision (unanimous)||King of the Cage: Sinister Intentions||October 17, 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||2–0||Jessie Glass||Submission (front choke)||Gladiator Challenge: Carnage||April 3, 2015||1||0:55||Rancho Mirage, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jose Rivas Jr.||TKO (punches)||King of the Cage: Fisticuffs||December 4, 2014||1||3:23||Highland, California, United States||Light Heavyweight debut.|