UFC’s Dominick Reyes Grateful for Second Chance After Blood Clot Scare

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UFC light-heavyweight contender Dominick Reyes recently revealed his harrowing battle with deep vein thrombosis, expressing gratitude for his survival.

Reyes, who famously challenged for the light-heavyweight title against Jon Jones in 2020, revealed the shocking turn of events in an interview with Middle East on Thursday.

The 31-year-old fighter had been gearing up for a bout against Carlos Ulberg in January, hoping to break a four-fight losing streak. However, Ulberg withdrew from the fight, citing an injury. Just a week later, Reyes himself was confronted with a medical emergency.

God puts us through some trials, man. I’m having another hard go right now, Reyes expressed. “Then a week later, I ended up getting blood clots deep vein thrombosis.”

Reyes recounted the terrifying realization of his condition and the fortunate timing of its discovery. “So yeah, I’m out for a minute. I’m lucky to be alive right now, that’s always nice. We caught it early, right, so it didn’t become a pulmonary embolism, and thank God for that.”

Reyes’ Gratitude for Life

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UFC light-heavyweight contender Dominick Reyes recently revealed his harrowing battle with deep vein thrombosis, expressing gratitude for his survival.

The fighter also shared the unsettling moment when he realized the severity of his situation. “It’s kind of crazy because I got a massage. My leg was hurting, I thought I pulled a muscle in my calf, so I got a massage, and that’s the worst thing you could ever do. I’m lucky I didn’t die on that massage table right there.”

Reyes faces a lengthy recovery period, with a minimum of three months on blood thinners. This setback follows his last fight in November 2022, where he suffered a first-round knockout. 

Despite the adversity, Reyes remains determined to rebuild himself physically and mentally.

“I went from the best shape of my life  to now. I can’t work out, can’t run, can’t do nothing,” Reyes lamented. “It’s daunting, man.”

While the road to recovery may be long and arduous, Dominick Reyes’s resilience and gratitude for life serve as a powerful reminder of the fragility of human existence, even for those who seem invincible in the ring.

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