For Reyes, he just had a need to take the time from the chaos of MMA and the UFC.
I had to accomplish some soul searching of my very own, Reyes said recently on The MMA Hour. I had to find my very own sout before I possibly could really maintain the mix and speaking with [the media], as the answers I wouldve given you wouldnt be true. I went home, got my stogether, returned to my roots, and Personally i think good Personally i think good about my entire life, Personally i think good about my future, and Im worked up about whats next.
Prochazka vs. Reyes headlined UFC Vegas 25 in-may 2021. After an all-out battle, Prochazka knocked Reyes unconscious with a spinning back elbow to earn a title shot. The Czech standout continued to win the title via fifth-round submission in the primary event of UFC 275.
After getting knocked out in back-to-back fights, the 32-year-old said he wasnt pondering retirement.
I never considered not fighting, never, Reyes said. It had been just having to stop messing around, stop messing around on the streets and just get my stogether. I never considered not fighting I did so take the time off, but look at Jiri, he didnt fight until [UFC 275]. Over per year later, hes barely fought aswell. He didnt get knocked out, I did so, but he just stayed out. Im seeking to take a tiny bit additional time and Im seeking to keep coming back around October.
But I didnt do anything until [this past] October when I visited Vegas and went and used Xtreme Couture. I did so a small amount of light sparring with Sean Strickland, which mightve been his lightest sparring ever, but I returned there and I was the heaviest I had ever been. I was like 245, pretty out of shape, however they were cool, man good people over there. They helped me get my mind back on the overall game. After that, Ive just been training and enjoying it, really.
The No. 9 ranked light heavyweight in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings won his first six UFC bouts including victories over Jared Cannonier, Ovince Saint Preux, Volkan Oezdemir, and former UFC champion Chris Weidman to earn his first championship opportunity.
While he might be considered a bit down due to his previous three bouts, The Devastator feels hes prepared to create a big sports comeback.
Ive learned lessons, Ive seen the, Ive seen how things are, and how folks are, and its excellent, Reyes said. Personally i think like the first-time, I put an excessive amount of into the way the media perceived me and I cared an excessive amount of concerning the fans talking crap, and I made some mistakes there. I didnt really know very well what to expect. This time around, Im worked up about it.