Former two-time UFC title challenger, Dominick Reyes, is not in any rush to make his return to the Octagon and is opting for a more patient approach to take some time to heal up his body.
Reyes recently spoke with MMA reporter James Lynch about his mindset towards wanting some time to recover following his second-round knockout loss to Jiri Prochazka back at UFC Vegas 25 in February. The 31-year old suffered multiple facial fractures in the defeat and also recently had knee surgery, something he wants to take the necessary time to properly recover from.
“It was like two months just to heal my superficial injuries as well as brain injuries and things like that (from the Prochazka fight). Then I had knee surgery, so I had to take another month or two for that. So it’s been about four months off. Really not that much considering the damage that was done,” Reyes said (h/t BJPenn.com). “But yeah man, I took time off. I wasn’t going to the gym and saying I need to keep training. It’s like bro, I actually need to heal. This is real sh*t. I want to be able to talk to my grandkids when I’m older. It’s part of the process, man. I could be a macho man about it and be like, ‘Nah I’m good, I’m in the gym.’ Nah, man. I’m healing up. This sh*t is real life, bro, and you gotta heal. I’m not fighting until at the earliest February, mid-February. I gotta take care of my brain a little bit here.”