Grant Dawson
The Prophet

USA

Out
Injury Not Injury Related
Est. Return 12/25/2021
Fight removed from card
LightweightUFC
Out
September 10, 2021
Dawson's fight for the UFC event on Oct. 2 has been removed from the card after his opponent, Diego Ferreira, suffered an injury in training, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferreira backed out of the fight Wednesday and it seems as though the UFC was unable to book Dawson a replacement. Ferreria did publicly mention he hopes to re-book the fight with Dawson once he's healthy again. Dawson is an up-and-coming prospect in the UFC and will look to remain perfect in the promotion his next time in the Octagon.
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Opponent out of fight
LightweightUFC
Out
September 8, 2021
Dawson's opponent, Diego Ferreira, for the Oct. 2 card has withdrawn due to injury, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear if the UFC will try to find a replacement to keep Dawson on the cart. Dawson last fought back in March when he defeated Leonardo Santos via KO. That pushed his record with the UFC to a perfect 5-0-0.
Set for Oct. 2 clash
LightweightUFC
Out
July 2, 2021
Dawson will take on Diego Ferreira on the Oct. 2 card, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dawson sports a spotless 5-0-0 mark since earning a contract via the Contender Series and has another test ahead against Ferreira, who is looking to bounce back following a pair of losses following his submission of Anthony Pettis back in early 2020.
defeats Leonardo Santos
LightweightUFC
Out
March 20, 2021
Dawson defeats Leonardo Santos via KO (punches) at 4:59 in Round 3 at UFC Vegas 22 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
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.
Another fight coming up
LightweightUFC
Out
January 20, 2021
Dawson is slated to square off against Leonardo Santos on the March 20 card, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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
LightweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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.