In late January, Dominick Reyes withdrew from his scheduled UFC Fight Night 241 matchup with Carlos Ulberg. Now, ‘The Devastator’ has revealed the reason behind his withdrawal, and it has nothing to do with an injury suffered during training or delays triggered by contract issues.
Instead, Reyes’ withdrawal from the bout was caused by a harrowing medical emergency that posed life-threatening concerns for the UFC light heavyweight. Given his current situation, he is focused on anything but fighting. Instead, his health has taken his attention.
“I ended up getting blood clots. Deep vein thrombosis. So yeah, I’m out for a minute… I’m lucky to be alive right now, that’s always nice.” Thrombosis is the result of blood clots forming in one’s blood vessels, leading to blockages in the body’s blood flow. In Reyes’ case, he disclosed that the blood clots in his body formed in his veins, leading to obstructions in blood flowing to his heart.
The medical emergency only further delays Reyes’ planned return, as he has not fought since a brutal knockout loss to Ryan Spann back on Nov. 12, 2022. Fans were eager for his octagon return, especially after a lengthy layoff, as many believed it would have helped rejuvenate his chin.
‘The Devastator’ has experienced an unfortunate turn of events career-wise. At one point, he was an undefeated phenom who subsequently challenged Jon Jones for light heavyweight gold, dragging the 205-pound titleholder to hell and back in a bout that many observers felt he had won.
Nevertheless, he lost the fight via unanimous decision and was never the same again. He descended from a fighter who nearly forced Jones to taste defeat to now being on a four-fight losing streak, with three of those losses being vicious knockouts.