Despite 'TUF 24,' Reis still wants title shot
Wilson Reis could be in for quite a wait before he gets his due.
Initially scheduled to challenge Demetrious Johnson for the UFC flyweight title this past Saturday at UFC 201, Reis went from co-main event to undercard after Johnson bowed out due to injury. The contender had to settle for promotional newcomer Hector Sandoval, who he wasted no time dispatching with a first-round rear-naked choke.
In a post-fight interview, Reis told Ariel Helwani he's yet to hear from the UFC about a new date with Johnson, but it will likely be some time before he gets his wish. The upcoming season of "The Ultimate Fighter" was recently announced, with the winner slated to challenge "Mighty Mouse" for the division belt in the season finale on Dec. 3. In short, if it's still in the cards by series end, Reis likely won't compete for the title until well into the new year.
When asked about his thoughts on "TUF 24," Reis called the format "disrespectful" to the top 15 flyweights, since the contestants, most of which have never competed in the UFC, merely have to fight each other for a chance at the belt.
After being called out by Louis Smolka and entertaining a bout with Ian McCall, Reis said he'd be game to fight either, provided he meets Johnson afterwards.