Reyes Preparing For Eye Pokes From Jones

As he gets ready for one of the biggest challenges of his career at UFC 247, Dominick Reyes is taking all the necessary steps to prepare for Jon Jones. That includes the possibility of shenanigans by the the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.

Over the years, a recurring theme during Jon Jones (25-1, 1NC) fights has been the eye poke. Jones has a strategy where he places his hand over his opponents faces, resulting in them having a hard time getting into striking distance. In a documentary titled “The Hurt Business”, Jones admitted the maneuver results in eye pokes, but he still does it regardless of the illegality of it. Reyes (12-0) is doing everything he can to make sure nothing like that happens.

“It’s something where it is what it is. Not much I can do about it except give the referee an advanced “hey man, please look out for this, he’s notorious for this,” Reyes said to MMA Fighting. “It’s going to be hard for me to get in. I’m not going to run my face directly into fingers. It is what it is. It’s just another challenge that he presents.”

Eye pokes have been a recent problem in MMA, especially in the UFC. Point deductions are warranted for unnecessary pokes, but Jones has never really gotten a single point deducted during his run in the UFC. Reyes is looking forward to fighting the situation head on. If it does happen, however, he is hoping the judges make the right decision.

“It’s a blatant rule break. You can’t do it. It’s in the rules,” Reyes went on to say. “It’s been talked about many times. Either you’re going to do it or you’re not going to do it. It’s up to me on fight night to talk to the ref and make him aware.

“Listen the rule is we’re taking a point away, that’s the rule,” Reyes continued. If he’s going poke me in the eyes, now I’m compromised, that gives him a huge advantage. If I can’t see, if half my vision’s gone, that’s point worthy.”

UFC 247 takes place inside the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The co-main event features Valentina Shevchenko defending her Flyweight Title against Katlyn Chookagian.

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