Drew Dober


Drops war to Brad Riddell
June 12, 2021
Dober lost to Brad Riddell via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 263 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
This was a stellar back-and-forth fight in which both men had their moments. The vast majority of Dober's success came early on. He floored Riddell with a straight shot in the early going, but the latter managed to grab and leg and hang on until the cobwebs cleared. Dober's striking game became progressively less effective as the fight progressed, and Riddell managed to land more and more. Any doubt about the result of this fight ended in the final seconds when Dober found himself on the receiving end of a vicious combination. He might have been stopped if there was just a few more seconds on the clock. Dober has been inconsistent throughout the course of his UFC run, but he's legitimately talented and ridiculously durable (one career knockout loss) for a guy who ends up in a stand-up war in most every fight in which he competes. That being said, the 32-year-old has now lost back-to-back fights and needs a victory his next time out. On the bright side, he'll take home a $50,000 bonus after this matchup was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
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Set to face Riddell at UFC 263
April 18, 2021
Dober will fight Brad Riddell at UFC 263 on June 12, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
After winning six of his last seven fights, Dober took an ugly loss to Islam Makhachev via submission in March. He'll look get back to using his strengths as a Muay Thai specialist to turn things around against Riddell in June. Riddell hasn't fought since September of 2020 after his bout with Gregor Gillespie scheduled for March was postponed and has yet to be rescheduled.
No-shows UFC 259 defeat
March 6, 2021
Dober lost to Islam Makhachev via submission (arm-triangle) at 1:37 of Round 3 at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The fear was that Dober would spend virtually the entire fight on his back in what was one of the worst possible matchups for him, and that turned out to be precisely the case. Dober is a Muay Thai specialist who excels on the feet and try as he may, he truly had zero chance of keeping this one upright. It's truly difficult to remember a single positive instance for Dober in a fight that lasted nearly 12 minutes. Dober has been one of the most underrated fighters in the sport for years, and this doesn't change that, but there are some holes in his game, and he's always had difficulty handling better competition. Most every lightweight on the UFC roster today is going to have difficulty handling Makhachev, but Dober is still in search of that career-defining victory that has eluded him for so long.
Targeting a spot on UFC 259
January 5, 2021
Dober has agreed to take on Islam Makhachev in a lightweight matchup at UFC 259 on March 6, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Dober picked up a pair of wins in 2020 and has now won six of his last seven overall, with the only blemish being a submission loss to the talented Beneil Dariush several years ago. While Makhachev hasn't fought since September of 2019 due to multiple fights getting cancelled in 2020, he's regarded as the better all-around martial artist, due largely to his grappling. Dober will have to show better than his current 58 percent takedown defense here if he wishes to stay competitive in this matchup. Oddsmakers seem to think that may not be the case, listing Dober as a (+285) betting underdog as of early-January.
Fight with Ferreira off again
October 22, 2020
Dober will not fight Diego Ferreira at the UFC event Nov. 7, Blaine Henry of MyMMANews.com reports (via Marcel Dorff of MMADNA).
Ferreira was forced to withdraw from this upcoming lightweight bout due to an undisclosed reason. This fight was originally slated for early May, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dober ended up taking on Alexander Hernandez a couple weeks later, winning by TKO. It's not clear yet if the UFC will attempt to reschedule this bout or find Dober a new opponent.
To fight Ferreira Nov. 7
September 11, 2020
Dober will face off against Diego Ferreira on Nov. 7 at a to-be-determined location, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Dober has won six of his past seven bouts and is 23-9 overall as a professional. His latest fight was a victory over Alexander Hernandez during UFC Fight Night 171 on May 13, with Dober winning in the second round via TKO (punches). His opponent for November, Ferreira, has won each of his past six fights and is 17-2 as a pro. His latest bout was a win via rear-naked choke in the second round over Anthony Pettis during UFC 246 on Jan. 18.