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Drew Dober (20-8 1NC) has seen a number of highs and lows in his professional career. Recently, however, he has achieved some consistency, having raked in three consecutive wins at the expense of Joshua Burkman, Frank Camacho and Jon Tuck.
The Elevation Fight Team representative will look to further his success by defeating Beneil Dariush in a lightweight showdown at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first trip to Wichita, Kansas. They collide at the Intrust Bank Arena on March 9 for UFC Fight Night 146. Learn more about Dober through these career-defining figures.
14: Years old when he started training muay Thai. Dober was competitive at a young age, even becoming a two-time amateur world champion. He also wrestled for Millard North High School during his junior and senior years.
9: Victories without a loss as an amateur MMA fighter before turning pro in 2009. Dober debuted in an event called VFC 28: Throwdown, where he defeated future Bellator standout Frank Caraballo by TKO.
2: Straight losses after a successful debut. He lost to Chase Hackett and Brandon Girtz, both by unanimous decision.
18: Professional fights before getting signed by the UFC. He went 14-4, fighting mostly for Victory Fighting Championship, with one bout at Bellator where he beat Nick Nolte by arm triangle.
2: Straight losses to start his UFC tenure. Dober had a rocky start fighting in the Octagon, dropping two consecutive bouts to Sean Spencer and Nick Hein.
112: Seconds needed to beat former World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champion Jamie Varner to notch his first victory in the UFC. Dober won by rear-naked choke in a fight that was to be Varner’s last as he announced his retirement during the post-fight interview.
9: Wins by submission. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt under Ed Shobe of Mid-America Martial Arts has some slick submissions, with the rear-naked choke being his favorite inside the cage.
145: Significant strikes landed on Frank Camacho at UFC on Fox 27. The two welterweights engaged in a high-action slugfest, with both fighters throwing volumes of strikes within three rounds. In the end, Dober won by unanimous decision in a bout that earned them Fight of the Night honors.
437: Significant strikes landed in UFC competition. He has attempted a total of 1,127 significant strikes, making him 39 percent accurate.
7: Takedowns scored in UFC competition. He took down Scott Holtzman five times and Tuck twice. Dober has attempted a total of 39, which shows that he actively seeks takedowns sometimes.
61: Percent takedown defense. While he doesn’t have the most desirable takedown accuracy, Dober does a great job stuffing takedowns.
6: Opponents stopped in the first round. The list includes Nolte, Roberto Rojas Jr., Sean Wilson, Varner, Jason Gonzalez and Burkman.
30: Years of age. Dober was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on Oct. 19, 1988. The former Bellator MMA and Strikeforce standout now fights out of Denver, Colorado.