A lot has changed since Wilson Reis won the Elite XC Featherweight Championship back in 2008 as a fresh faced fighter with the sole aim of becoming the best he could be. Having ended his nine fight streak with Bellator, the prodigiously talented Reis was signed up by the UFC in 2013 but things haven’t panned out the way he had planned in the biggest Mixed Martial Arts promotion for him and as a result, UFC Fight Night 49 has come as a new beginning for him.
He was ranked at 15 in the Bantamweight division but he dropped down a weight category to Flyweight to take on Joby Sanchez and he has credited former UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz for the evolution of his career.
Reis stated that it was just the second time he has had a training camp at Alliance MMA and with guys like Phil Davis and Dominick Cruz training with him, he has got a lot better with time. He added that he has evolved a lot as a fighter since he last fought inside the Octagon and he feels absolutely great about this move to Flyweight.
Reis also mentioned that having a near perfect camp also had a lot to do with that feeling.
He mentioned that the team has the best fighters in the lower weight categories of the sport and every time he joins up with the team, he learns something new. It is almost five years since he first trained with the then dominant Dominick Cruz but now, he has made the move to San Diego permanent, he can expect to see a lot more of the Mexican.
He mentioned that having trained with him on a regular basis, it is easy to understand why Cruz is one of the best in the business and he has done a lot for his career as well.