From star college footballer to working in IT to championship contender in the UFC.
That’s the journey of Stony Brook University alum Dominick Reyes.
On Saturday, at UFC 247, Reyes (12-0) will take on heavily-favored Jon Jones (25-1-0, 1 NC) for the light heavyweight belt in Houston’s Toyota Center.
Reyes’s path to title contention has been unconventional, to say the least.
Before he was known as The Devastator in the UFC, he played the Seawolves, where he was the starting safety from 2009 to 2012.
After not landing with any NFL teams post-college, he returned home to Hesperia, Calif. where he landed a job working on computers at a local high school.
To keep shape, Reyes began training at his brother Alexander’s MMA gym in Victorville, Calif., according to Newsday.
In about a year, the light heavyweight earned a pro debut. He hasn’t looked back since.
After impressive wins, Reyes, 30, surged to the top of the rankings. He currently sits at No. 4. in his division.
He’s become known for his knock out finishes, winning 9 of 12 fights in the first round.
Now he faces his most accomplished fighter yet.
Here’s the preview for the fight:
To purchase the pay-per-view fight, click here. Also on the card, Amityville’s Katlyn Chookagian (13-2, 6-2 UFC) will be facing Valentina Shevchenko (18-3, 7-2 UFC) for the UFC Flyweight Champion title. See story coverage below.
Top: Dominick Reyes after he defeated Volkan Oezdemir by decision during UFC Fight Night 147 (Photo by Pat Scaasi/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)