Drew Dober

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Targeting a spot on UFC 259
LightweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Fight with Ferreira off again
LightweightUFC
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).
ANALYSIS
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
LightweightUFC
September 11, 2020
Dober will face off against Diego Ferreira on Nov. 7 at a to-be-determined location, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
Improves to 6-1 in past seven bouts
LightweightUFC
May 13, 2020
Dober defeated Alexander Hernandez via TKO (punches) at 4:25 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Dober continues his winning ways. The Muay Thai specialist was inconsistent in the early portion of his UFC career, but he has been money of late. His latest triumph over Hernandez was a typical Dober performance. He picked his opponent apart on the feet and handled anything Hernandez threw his way in return. Dober (one career loss via knockout) is exceedingly durable for a guy who spends most of his time in kickboxing matches. There are legitimate concerns about Dober's ability to compete in anything other than any extended striking battle, but he's clearly trending in the right direction. Dober is 6-1 dating back to July 2017, with four of those wins coming via KO. He's going to get a well-known opponent his next time out. In the meantime, he'll get to cash in a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
Taking on Hernandez on May 13
LightweightUFC
April 29, 2020
Dober is expected to fight Alexander Hernandez on May 13 in Jacksonville, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dober was previously scheduled to fight Diego Ferreira at UFC Oklahoma City, but that was later cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dober will be coming into the resumption of the UFC in mid-May with good momentum having won five of his last six fights.
Booked for UFC Oklahoma
LightweightUFC
March 9, 2020
Dober (22-9-0, 1 NC) is scheduled to face Diego Ferreira (17-2-0) in a lightweight fight at UFC Oklahoma City on May 2, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Dober has won five of his last six fights. He finished off the most recent two with first-round victories. He will look to carry that momentum into his bout against Ferreira, who is coming off the biggest win of his career at UFC 246 in January, when he submitted Anthony Pettis.