Dominick Reyes in no rush to rise though 'aging' UFC light heavyweight division

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DETROIT – Dominick Reyes knows he’s in a thin weight class in the UFC, but has no intentions of rushing toward the title.

Reyes (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) got his second win in the UFC light heavyweight division on Saturday when he scored a first-round submission of Jeremy Kimball (15-7 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC 218, which took place at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The bout streamed on UFC Fight Pass prior to the FS1-televised prelims and pay-per-view main card.

The 205-pound division is relatively barren when it comes to legitimate contenders, and an unbeaten fighter like Reyes makes an interesting addition. He knows he can do big things, but is not gunning for a quick climb to the top.

“I don’t think about it like that,” Reyes said after the fight. “I think I need to take care of business each fight and pick the right fights at each point in my career. I’m still growing. I’m a young fighter still. I’m not asking for a title. I’m waiting for the right time. Whoever they offer me next will be the right fight, so we’ll see.”

At 27 and with only eight fights (seven of which have come by stoppage), Reyes believes his future is bright. He knows what outsiders think of his weight class, and although he largely agrees, he said he wants to do things his way.

“I knew if I would get in the UFC it would be at light heavyweight because there’s not a lot of guys, the division is aging,” Reyes said. “With my skillset and my athleticism I feel like I could rise quickly. Here I am and it’s going exactly how I planned. I’m going to move along at my pace and see where it goes.”

As far as his performance against Kimball went, Reyes said he was pleased with his work. He expected a more striking-heavy affair, but will gladly take the submission.

“I did not think he would shoot,” Reyes said. “I thought he would bang it out with me. I guess he got a little comfortable and started to shoot. I did a few things that I need to work on. I got hit when I shouldn’t have got hit. Overall, I’m happy.”

For complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 218 results: No fancy KO this time, but Dominick Reyes submits Jeremy Kimball in first

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Dominick Reyes got up from an early slam and put Jeremy Kimball on his back, which proved to be the beginning of the end.

After taking the back of Kimball (15-7 MMA, 1-2 UFC) midway through the round, Reyes (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) locked up the rear-naked choke to force the tap at the 3:39 mark of Round 1.

The light heavyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 218 event at the new Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FS1 and a main card on pay-per-view.

Kimball lived up to his reputation as an aggressive fighter right out of the gates, attacking Reyes and forcing him back up against the fence before slamming his way out of a Reyes guillotine attempt.

But once Reyes got back to his feet he quickly nabbed a takedown of his own, moving to side control before taking Kimball’s back and locking up a body triangle.

After softening Kimball up with some elbows to the side of the head, Reyes slapped on the rear-naked choke and squeezed for the finish, forcing Kimball to submit with a little over a minute left in the opening round.

With the win, Reyes remains perfect as a professional. Kimball has lost two of his last three.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 218 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson and Mike Bohn contributed to this report on site in Detroit.)

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UFC 218 officially adds Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana, Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes

UFC 218’s spectacular lineup continues to fill and the latest official contests include a strawweight bout and a light heavyweight matchup.

UFC officials today announced the addition of Amanda Cooper (2-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Angela Magana (11-8 MMA, 0-2 UFC), as well as Jeremy Kimball (15-6 MMA 1-1 UFC) vs. Dominick Reyes (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC).

Featuring a featherweight title fight between champ Max Holloway and former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar, UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

“ABC” Cooper was a finalist on “The Ultimate Fighter 23, ” ultimately falling short against Tatiana Suarez in the July 2016 live finale. Cooper has since split two additional results, earning a decision win over Anna Elmose at UFC Fight Night 99 before being submitted by Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 209. She now meets Magana, the outspoken cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter 20” who has suffered losses to Michelle Waterson and Tecia Torres in her two official UFC contests.

Kimball made his UFC debut in January, suffering a TKO loss to Marcos Rogerio de Lima, before rebounding with a “Performance of the Night” win over Josh Stansbury in June. He now faces Reyes, an undefeated prospect who needed just 29 seconds to pick up a “Performance of the Night” bonus with a victory over Joachim Christensen at the same June event where Stansbury picked up his $50,000.

With the additions to the card, UFC 218 now includes:

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Razak Al-Hassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Jeremy Kimball thrilled with UFC Fight Night 112 TKO after he 'couldn't sleep at all' on fight week

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Jeremy Kimball finally got his first taste of octagon victory, but it took some sleepless nights to get there.

Kimball (15-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) walked away from this past Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 with a massive first-round TKO over Josh Stansbury (8-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus to show for his efforts. What turned out to be a good night for the 26-year-old “Grizzly,” however, didn’t start off that way.

“I was super nervous up until the point I started hitting pads,” Kimball told reporters after the light heavyweight bout, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass from Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. “Then I realized how much power was there tonight. Then I knew I was on, and it was going to be a fun night for me.”

This wasn’t Kimball’s first quick night in the octagon, but it was the first successful one. Back in January, on a short-notice UFC on FOX 23 encounter with Marcos Rogerio de Lima, the light heavyweight was the one on the unfortunate end of a first-round TKO.

Coming off a four-fight streak into his losing UFC debut, Kimball makes no secret of just how tough of a pill that was to swallow.

“I took it hard,” Kimball said. “All the way up to this point. I was nervous all week. I couldn’t sleep at all. I hate losing. So losing on the biggest stage really sucked. So I really wanted this one.”

In any case, there were at least some lessons learned in the setback.

“In my last fight, I didn’t pull the trigger with my punches,” Kimball said. “And my dad always tells me, ‘If you don’t pull the trigger, you can’t win.’ Stansbury caught me early, and I just decided at that point to pull the trigger. And that’s what happened.”

To hear more from Kimball, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 112 bonuses: Controversy in main event, but Kevin Lee still gets $50,000

OKLAHOMA CITY – Jeremy Kimball, Dominick Reyes, Tim Boetsch, Kevin Lee each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 event.

All four fighters earned “Performance of the Night” honors; no “Fight of the Night” was given.

UFC officials announced the winners following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

Kimball (15-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) took out Josh Stansbury (8-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in the first fight of the night in their light heavyweight bout.

On the main card, Reyes (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) had a flawless UFC debut when he stopped Joachim Christensen (14-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC) in the first round. Boetsch (21-11 MMA, 12-10 UFC) took out Johny Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC) with a second-round TKO. And in the main event, Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) got past Michael Chiesa (14-3 MMA, 7-23 UFC) – but with a little help from referee Mario Yamasaki

UFC Fight Night 112 took place Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. The main card aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 112 results: Jeremy Kimball mauls Josh Stansbury for 1st-round TKO win

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Jeremy Kimball’s nickname, “Grizzly,” proved fitting against Josh Stansbury.

After taking Stansbury’s (8-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) best punch, Kimball (15-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) answered with a thudding right and pawed another behind Stanbury’s ear for a first-round finish.

The light heavyweight bout opened up the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 112 event at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FS2 and a main card on FS1.

The fight was over at the 1:21 mark of the first after Stansbury dropped to the mat and turtled up with Kimball blasting overhead.

Early on, it looked like Stansbury had better control of his weapons as the two exchanged. Kimball threw wide shots but exposed himself to counters, taking a hard overhand right that might have ended things early for others.

Yet Stansbury chose to shoot for a takedown, perhaps wary of his opponent’s power. Kimball shrugged that off and reset in the center of the cage, where he landed the straight right that set the end in motion.

After a knockout loss to Marcos Rogerio de Lima in his January UFC debut, Kimball gets his first octagon win, while Stansbury now has dropped two straight.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 112 results include:

  • Jeremy Kimball def Josh Stansbury via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:21

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Oklahoma City.)

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