UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones appears to be more concerned about the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus than a rematch against Dominick Reyes.
Jon Jones last competed inside the Octagon in February, where he defended his belt against Dominick Reyes. The two fighters went to war in the main event of UFC 247, with Jones ultimately winning by unanimous decision. The fight itself was very close and many fans felt that Reyes was “robbed” of a decision victory.
Dominick Reyes was confident that he had done enough to win and reflected on his loss on Ariel Helwani’s MMA show following the event:
“He said I shocked him,” Reyes said. “He didn’t really expect that from me. And he thanked me for making him a better martial artist. He said, ‘our rematch is gonna be epic.’”
UFC president Dana White also came out in support of Reyes himself, stating that he “deserves a rematch”.
It was recently reported that the UFC are working to put together a rematch between the two light-heavyweights, but it appears that coronavirus could delay this fight.
A fan asked Jon Jones on Twitter, what is taking so long for the rematch to be announced and Jones had the following response:
“I could give two sh*ts about fighting right now, this is bigger than sports.”
It was recently announced that the upcoming UFC Brasilia event is going to be converted into a closed-door event, where no fans will be allowed in the attendance. Other MMA promotions like ONE Championship are also following suite.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 13th March, 2020.