Drew Dober


Finished by Matt Frevola
May 6, 2023
Dober lost to Matt Frevola via TKO (punches) at 4:08 of Round 1 at UFC 288 on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey.
If Dober hopes to make any sort of run at 155 pounds, he can't be losing fights such as this one (in which he entered as a -225 favorite). A Muay Thai specialist that is typically exceedingly durable, Dober got crushed with a right hand from Frevola and was never able to recover. He was visibly upset with the stoppage of referee Herb Dean, but it certainly appeared to be justified. Drew was in a whole heap of trouble. Dober entered having won three straight, all via knockout, so his roster spot is exceedingly secure, but this setback is going to be difficult for him to overcome in terms of Dober attempting to move up the lightweight rankings.
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Facing Matt Frevola in May
March 16, 2023
Dober agreed to fight Matt Frevola in a lightweight bout at UFC 288 on May 6, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
Dober is coming off a knockout victory against Bobby Green in December for his third consecutive win. Frevola has also won two straight bouts and last defeated Ottman Azaitar via knockout in November.
Statement win over Bobby Green
December 17, 2022
Dober defeated Bobby Green via KO (punch) at 2:45 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Dober has been around a long time and fought a ton of quality competition. As a result, he has the ability to figure out a way to emerge victorious in a fight such as this one in which he appeared to have nothing going. Green was the better man the vast majority of this bout, using his trademark hand speed to keep Dober off balance. Drew began to find the range a bit towards the middle of the second frame before finally flooring and finishing Green with as perfectly placed a left hand as you will ever see. Dober improves to a perfect 3-0 in 2022 and the 34-year-old should be in for another significant fight at 155 pounds when he makes his 2023 debut. In the meantime, he'll take home an extra $50,000 after this matchup was awarded Fight of the Night honors -- the sixth post-fight bonus of his UFC career. Furthermore, Dober ties Dustin Poirier for the most knockouts in UFC lightweight history with eight.
Added to Dec. 17 card
November 22, 2022
Dober will take on Bobby Green at UFC Vegas 66 on Dec. 17, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
Dober will enter this bout following his Round 3 knockout of Rafael Alves back in late July. This will be his third fight in 2022 as he also scored a TKO victory in March against Terrance McKinney.
Earns late knockout victory
July 30, 2022
Dober defeated Rafael Alves via KO (body punch) at 1:30 of Round 3 at UFC 277 on Saturday in Dallas.
Dober started slowly for a second straight fight, and as was the case in his bout against Terrance McKinney this past March, ultimately won via knockout. Dober doesn't offer much in terms of wrestling, and Alves took advantage of that with an early takedown to win the opening frame. Yet, what Dober does bring to the table is high-end striking skills and excellent durability, each of which showed themselves as the fight progressed. The finish came when Dober popped Alves with a body shot which eventually resulted in the Brazilian crumbling to the mat and referee Mike Beltran jumping in to protect him from further damage. Dober has rebounded from a brief two-fight losing streak to pick up victories in his past two bouts. This one will also earn him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
Taking on Rafael Alves in July
May 16, 2022
Dober is scheduled to face Rafael Alves in a lightweight bout July 30 at UFC 277, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
Dober will return to the Octagon for the first time since March 12, when he scored a first-round TKO win over Terrance McKinney in Las Vegas. The 33-year-old takes a 24-11-0 record (1 NC) into his matchup with Alves, who most recently defeated Marc Diakiese in under two minutes back in November.