A.J. Dobson


Fighting Petrosyan at UFC 280
August 10, 2022
Dobson will fight Armen Petrosyan in a middleweight contest at UFC 280 on October 22, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nlreports.
Dobson will get his crack at Petrosyan, who is also coming off a loss. Dobson, who is a year younger, wasn't fought since February while Petrosyan fought back in July. Both will be looking to add to their relatively short MMA careers.
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Can't defend takedown in loss
February 12, 2022
Dobson lost to Jacob Malkoun via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 271 on Saturday in Houston.
This fight -- Dobson's first official UFC bout -- showed off his potential. It also showed that he has all of seven professional fights under his belt at age 30 and still has a long way to go. Dobson was fine in Round 1 when he was able to remain upright and pick Malkoun apart on the feet, but he was dragged to the mat repeatedly in Round 2 and that trend continued in the final frame. He appeared to have no idea how to work his way back to his feet and even Dobson's corner in between rounds was upset with his effort on the ground. Dobson has a lot of work to do, although the fact he joined the company with some helium behind him likely means he will have a longer runway to figure things out than some others before him.
Debut set for February
October 11, 2021
Dobson is set to take on Jacob Malkoun in a middleweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Feb. 12, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
Not much film is out on the 29-year-old Dobson, who kept his undefeated record in tact with a victory over Hashen Arkhagha on Dana White's Contender Series to earn his UFC contract. The same goes for Malkoun, who was finished quickly in his UFC debut against Phil Hawes, but followed up that effort with a grinding victory over Abdul Razak Alhassan that saw him credited with eight takedowns. Dobson should be able to navigate a bit better on the mat, as two of his victories have been earned by submission -- both rear-naked chokes. He'll also enter this bout with four-inch height and three-inch reach advantages.
Only stoppage earns contract
September 21, 2021
Dobson defeated Hashem Arkhagha via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:21 of Round 1 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. After the show, he was one of four fighters to be awarded an official UFC contract.
Dobson may go down with a submission on his resume, but it was the power in his hands and overall aggressiveness that led him there. He essentially blitzed his opponent from the opening bell, and had more than enough cardio to back up the continued onslaught. It seemed at one point that Dobson would finish via ground-and-pound, but his coach directed him to go for the choke despite not having underhooks, and it was tight enough to force Arkhagha to tap. Going up against an opponent who missed weight significantly wasn't enough to stop Dobson, and with this being the only finish of the night, the contract was a no-brainer. Dobson may be 29 years old and have just six professional bouts to his name, but he certainly has the look of a fighter who could be immediately competitive in the UFC's 185-pound division.