UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor got into a post-fight brawl after their main event encounter, which Reyes believes stole some of the shine off of his win.
“It took away from my shine a little bit,” Reyes told MMA Junkie. “It was a little frustrating, because it’s kind of childish and very immature. We’re professionals. You’re acting like a kid, throwing a tantrum. You won. Who wins and is a sore winner? I’ve never heard of that before. That was a little bit frustrating for me, because my performance was a bit overshadowed by that whole fiasco, and this time I don’t think that’s going to happen. We’ve got consummate professionals on this card, and we’ve got some scrappers, and my performance is not going to be overshadowed.”
Reyes believes that he is no longer a prospect and plans on proving that at UFC Fight Night London.
“I’m no longer a prospect,” Reyes said. “That’s out of the question. I’m a contender now. I’ve worked too hard. I have four finishes in the UFC, what cases can go against me? And I beat – (Jared) Cannonier was top-15, ‘OSP’ was top-5 at the time when I signed the contract, now Volkan is top-5. What else do I got to do? And all those guys were former title challengers, you know? Who do they want me to fight? (Anthony) Smith? Who else? I get it, but it’s my turn.”
UFC Fight Night London takes place on Saturday, March 16 from the 02 Arena in London, England with Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on ESPN+.