Drew Dober to Face Matt Frevola at UFC 288 in New Jersey
Top 15 Incoming 💣 👊🏻🩸 #UFC288 #Frevola #Dober #DirtyJersey #MyTime #Top15 #Steamrolla #TeamSteam #GigaChad #Gfuel pic.twitter.com/WmhI4zCTDu— Matt “The Steamrolla”Frevola (@SteamRollaa) March 16, 2023
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has put together an absolute banger at 155 pounds for May.
On Thursday, Matt Frevola (10-3-1) broke the news on Twitter that he will be fighting Drew Dober (26-11, 1 NC) at UFC 288. The two lightweights will toe the line at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on May 6. Dober confirmed their pairing shortly after Frevola’s announcement, doing so on his Instagram.
The two 155ers combine with momentum at their respective backs, with five straight knockouts between them. Dober has rattled off three straight, with a triumphant 2022 campaign that began with a wild collision with Terrance McKinney, led to a battle against Rafael Alves and concluded with a thrashing of Bobby Green in December. The first victory against McKinney put an end to Dober’s first two-fight skid in years, as he dropped two in a row in 2021 to future champ Islam Makhachev and Brad Riddell. While he posts a career knockout rate of 50%, the Elevation Fight Team product has notched his last six wins via strikes.
Frevola has won his last two, bookending 2022 with a January knockout of Genaro Valdez and a November flatlining of then-unbeaten Ottman Azaitar. Like his opponent, Frevola also put an end to a two-fight losing streak from the year before, as he fell short against Arman Tsarukyan and had his lights shut out in seven seconds by McKinney. Two of the three career strike stoppages for “The Steamrolla” have occurred in his last two outings, with his first coming back in 2015.
UFC 288 goes down at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on May 6. The headliner will see Aljamain Sterling defend his bantamweight throne against former king Henry Cejudo. Additional matches likely to take place on the main card include a lightweight scrap between Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush, as well as a women’s strawweight contest as Jessica Andrade faces Xiaonan Yan.