Grant Dawson
The Prophet


defeats Leonardo Santos
March 20, 2021
Dawson defeats Leonardo Santos via KO (punches) at 4:59 in Round 3 at UFC Vegas 22 on Saturday.
In Round 1, Santos proved to be the better striker with his superior technique, countering ability and power. Dawson had some success controlling Santos against the fence but didn't inflict as much damage as Santos. During a very closely contested second round, Santos started to become noticeably tired. In Round 3, Dawson earned a lot of top control time as Santos was fatigued. Towards the end of the round, Santos reclaimed full guard and went for a heel hook which left himself open to ground-and-pound. During the ground-and-pound sequence, Dawson knocked Santos out cold. The fight was very competitive, as both combatants pushed one another for 15 minutes, but Dawson's cardio and top control prevailed.
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Another fight coming up
January 20, 2021
Dawson is slated to square off against Leonardo Santos on the March 20 card, reports.
Dawson has gotten off to an impressive start in the UFC ranks, taking care of business in each of his first five fights. He most recently topped Nad Narimani via unanimous decision last July and will aim to keep his record within the promotion unblemished against a fighter in Santos, who has just a draw on his ledger other than his seven victories. Santos owns a two-inch height and three-inch reach advantage over Dawson, who will likely look to take it to the mat as part of his 4.17 takedowns per 15 minutes thus far. It may be tough to do, however, as Santos has successfully fended off 88 percent of all takedown attempts.
Winning streak hits four
July 18, 2020
Dawson defeated Nad Narimani via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Dawson is underrated and he rolled over Narimani without issue. Dawson landed the only two takedowns of the fight in addition to finishing with a 136-57 edge in total strikes landed. Dawson was solid in Rounds 1 and 3, but it was Round 2 when he really poured it on. Narimani had to dig deep just to see the final bell. A product of Dana White's Contender Series, Dawson is a perfect 4-0 in the UFC. The concern at this point is whether or not the lack of stopping power in Dawson's hands will hold him back. The 26-year-old has just three career wins via knockout. He should get a better opponent his next time out.
Facing Narimani at 'Fight Island'
June 15, 2020
Dawson (15-1-0) is scheduled to face Nad Narimani (12-3-0) in a featherweight bout July 18 in a UFC Fight Night event at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
The Dawson-Narimani matchup becomes the eighth bout added to the "Fight Island" card. With three victories in as many fights since earning a UFC contract through Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series in August 2017, the 26-year-old Dawson has emerged as one of the more promising young prospects in the featherweight division.
DIgs deep for sixth straight win
February 29, 2020
Dawson defeated Darrick Minner via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:38 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia.
Make it six wins in a row for Dawson. This one didn't come easily. Minner had him in numerous submission attempts in Round 1, including a ridiculously deep choke. Dawson managed to roll around a bunch and pull out every trick in the book to somehow see the final bell at the end of the first frame. With Minner clearly exhausted after failing to get the stoppage, he went for an ill-time guillotine early in Round 2 and Dawson managed to turn the tide and clamp on the RNC that ended the fight. Dawson now has 11 career wins via submission. The most impressive part of this victory was the fact he showed his submission defense is right on par with his submission offense.
Booked for UFC Norfolk
February 20, 2020
Dawson will now face Darrick Minner in a featherweight matchup at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29, reports.
The fight hasn't been officially confirmed by the promotion, but Dawson will face Minner, who stepped in on short notice for his first UFC matchup. Dawson was initially scheduled to face Chas Skelly at UFC 246 in January, but Dawson was removed from the card due to a drug testing abnormality. Dawson was victorious in his first two fights under the UFC banner, most recently defeating Michael Trizano via submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC Rochester in May. Dawson carries a height advantage while Minner has a slight advantage in reach.