Drew Dober
Submission defends once again falters
LightweightUFC
March 9, 2019
Dober lost to Beneil Dariush via submission (armbar) at 4:41 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Wichita, Kansas.
ANALYSIS
It was a tale of two rounds for Dober. The Muay Thai specialist got off to a very quick start and did an excellent job of pushing the pace on Dariush in Round 1. Yet once the bell rang for Round 2 and Dariush was able to get Dober to the mat, "The Doberman" was finished. Although he has nine career wins via submission, Dober is far more comfortable striking as opposed to rolling around on the mat. He has been vulnerable to the submission in the past, with his last three losses coming via that method of finish. The 30-year-old has looked considerably better over the past few years than he did in the early portion of his time with the UFC. This was not a horrible effort, despite the end result.
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Picks up easy decision in front of hometown crowd
LightweightUFC
August 25, 2018
Dober defeated Jon Tuck via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26) at UFC Lincoln on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Dober showcased his striking early on, landing several effective body kicks that got the attention of Tuck. He proceeded to avoid a Tuck takedown, as well as a weak guillotine attempt, and controlled the rest of the first round on the feet, unofficially winning the striking battle 22-to-13 in that frame. Dober stayed busy in the second period, maintaining Octagon control while generally getting the best of the striking exchanges in the early part of the round. He then appeared to injure his left foot, which led him to switch stances and eventually try a takedown attempt. After slipping out of another guillotine, Dober started to deliver more punishment from half guard to both the head and body and finished the round with a heavy advantage in the striking department and likely a 2-0 lead. The apparent injury didn't seem to affect him in the third round, where he again controlled the Octagon and hunted for power shots early. Dober proceeded to secure a takedown just over a minute in, and followed that up with more vicious ground-and-pound. Tuck did not really have an answer from his back, and Dober rode this position to the end of the fight and an easy decision. The future is bright for Dober as long as he can keep the cut to lightweight manageable, and he should merit a ranked opponent his next time out.
Approved for UFC Lincoln
LightweightUFC
August 10, 2018
Dober was cleared by the California State Athletic Commission prior to his fight against Jon Tuck at UFC Lincoln on Aug. 25, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dober was in jeopardy of missing this bout after weighing in at more than 18 percent above the contracted lightweight limit for his UFC 214 fight. He was required to get physician clearance and underwent various weight checks over the past few weeks in order to make sure he was fit for this matchup.
UFC Lincoln matchup pending physician approval
LightweightUFC
July 19, 2018
Dober, who is scheduled to face Jon Tuck at UFC Lincoln on Aug. 25, may be in jeopardy of missing a fight if he's not cleared by a physician in time, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dober weighed in at more than 18 percent about the contracted lightweight limit for his UFC 214 matchup, gaining 28 pounds between weigh-ins and fight night a day later. As a result, the California State Athletic Commission made a recommendation that he should not compete below 165 pounds, unless a physician can clear him to fight at the lighter weight. Though the state of Nebraska is not technically obligated to honor CSAC's decision, states do tend to honor the rulings of other commissions. There's a chance this fight could be put in jeopardy if Dober is unable to get the required recommendation, which may mean a move up to welterweight is on the horizon. Dober has been a major proponent of creating a 165-pound division in the UFC.
Does just enough to decision Frank Camacho Saturday
LightweightUFC
January 27, 2018
Dober defeated Frank Camacho via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC on FOX 27 on Saturday in Charlotte.
ANALYSIS
As is always the case, Dober's striking skills were on point, but this one was a slog for him from the get-go. He started very slowly and he gassed out pretty good in the second half of the fight. He did enough in between the earn the win, but it wasn't exactly a flawless performance. Nonetheless, the two men picked up Fight of the Night bonuses from the UFC. Dober threw an insane 317 total strikes in the fight, landing 141 of them for a 44 percent clip. He failed on all six of his takedown attempts. Sporting a 4-1 record in his last five fights, Dober is easily on the best streak of his UFC career. He needs to fight better his next time out if he wants to keep the good times rolling.
May have to change weight classes
LightweightUFC
August 1, 2017
Dober was recommended to move up a weight class by the California State Athletic Commission following medical evaluation after UFC 214 on Saturday, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dober beat Josh Burkman via KO (punch) in Round 1 at UFC 214, but had a dramatic weight shift between weigh-ins and fight night. The 28-year-old put on a reported 18 percent of his body weight, which amounts to a change of roughly 28 pounds between Friday morning and Saturday evening. According to CSAC's new weight-cutting reform plan, any fighter who is more than 10 percent above their weight class will be recommended to move up or get doctor clearance to fight at that weight. If Dober were to move up to welterweight (170 pounds), he would be one of the shorter fighters in the division at 5'8". At this time, the UFC doesn't have the 165-pound division that was recommended by CSAC, and is unlikely to add it in the immediate future. Dober probably won't willingly move up to welterweight, though if he wants to fight in California again, he'll need medical clearance if the fight is in the 155-pound division.