When up-and-comer Alex Reyes gets an opportunity, he makes the most of it.
Last year, he was given the chance to compete for King of the Cage’s lightweight title against Victor Meza and ended up winning the bout via fourth-round submission.
Once again given a chance at a title, this time against welterweight beltholder Josh Aveles on March 15, Reyes rose to the challenge and claimed his second straight KOTC championship via fourth-round submission.
“After winning my fight in December against Victor, they wanted to put this fight together with the top two guys in their divisions and have a superfight,” Reyes told MMAWeekly.com. “I was excited to be part of that and I’m thankful for the opportunity to fight for and win both titles.”
Like his bout with Meza, Reyes knew Aveles would not be an easy fight, which it wasn’t.
“As we went into the fourth round, I was sticking and moving, landing my shots, and got my takedown,” said Reyes. “I saw the submission and went for it. I got him in an arm triangle and locked it up and finished the fight. It was a good war. It was tough.
“It was what I thought it was going to be. I executed my game plan. I let my hands go, we exchanged some shots, and everything just kind of came together that night and I felt great.”
Having won 11 straight fights following back-to-back losses in his first two bouts, with two titles in tow, Reyes wants to keep building on his momentum and one day step up to the next level and try his hand there.
“Right now I’m still under contract with KOTC and I would like to keep my belts,” he said. “I would possibly like to get into the UFC when my contract ends. I want to be their champion one day.
“Until then I’ll take it one step at a time, one goal at a time, and fight the best guys in my division and the best guys in the world. I want to keep moving forward and keep climbing that ladder.”
(Photo courtesy of Victorville Daily Press)