The UFC light heavyweight title contender Dominick Reyes is worried about Jon Jones’ illegal eye pokes. He has even now issued a warning to the referee for his UFC 247 main event fight to look out for the champion’s illegal shots and eye pokes.
Reyes recently gave an interview to MMA Fighting. He spoke about fighting Jones and the champion’s infamous eye-poking ability. Here’s what he had to say:
I said just keep going, it’s training, we’ve got to get ready for this guy. It’s something where it is what it is. Not much I can do about it except give the referee an advanced “hey man, please look out for this, he’s notorious for this.” It’s going to be hard for me to get in. I’m not going to run my face directly into fingers. It is what it is. It’s just another challenge that he presents. I think more than just the fingers being outstretched is that he stays busy with that lead hand. I think that’s what keeps guys at bay, he paws with it and he paws exactly at his range. That’s been a gigantic weapon of his. It sets up the rest of his arsenal. It helps him find his range. It’s a blatant rule break. You can’t do it. It’s in the rules. It’s been talked about many times. Either you’re going to do it or you’re not going to do it. It’s up to me on fight night to talk to the ref and make him aware.
This is a championship fight. I’ll win however the hell I can. You’ve seen “The Waterboy.” It’s the championship game, you can’t hold anything back. There’s no holding back. I’ll take it, however, I can get it. Listen the rule is we’re taking a point away, that’s the rule. If he’s going poke me in the eyes, now I’m compromised, that gives him a huge advantage. If I can’t see, if half my vision’s gone, that’s a point worthy.