Darrick Minner


Nearly pulls off huge upset
February 29, 2020
Minner lost to Grant Dawson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:38 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia.
What a disheartening loss for Minner. Making his company debut and entering as a massive (+425) underdog, Minner had Dawson in all sorts of trouble with multiple submission attempts in Round 1. In the end, he couldn't get the stoppage and clearly tired himself out seeking the finish. He ended up being submitted himself early in Round 2. It was actually a pretty smart game plan from Minner considering how much physical ability he was giving up to Dawson. It nearly worked. He won't be happy with the result but Minner looked plenty competent in his first go-round with the UFC.
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February 20, 2020
Minner will take on Grant Dawson in a featherweight matchup at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29, MMAJunkie.com reports.
The fight has yet to be officially confirmed by the promotion, but Minner should be making his UFC debut on short notice against Dawson, who has won both of his fights under the UFC banner. Minner was victorious in two of his last three fights, with his only loss coming at Dana White's Contender Series against Herbert Burns. Dawson's most recent win came against Michael Trizano via submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC Rochester in May. Minner has a slight reach advantage while Dawson carries an advantage in height.