Drew Dober is not searching for an straightforward route to the leading.
Dober (23-9 MMA, 9-5 UFC), who has knocked out his previous a few opponents in a row, is making the most of maybe his finest profession operate. He is coming off a 2nd-spherical end of Alexander Hernandez in May, which noticed him get paid his 2nd straight “Performance of the Night” bonus.
Owning just cracked the UFC’s top-15 light-weight rankings, Dober is heading immediately after just one of the least sought out opponents in the division. He wants elite grappler Islam Makhachev up coming.
The two ended up scheduled to combat in 2016, but the combat was canceled following Makhachev (18-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) analyzed positive for meldonium, which he served no suspension for when the U.S. Anti-Doping Company established that the substance was ingested “without fault or negligence.”
Four years later on, Dober mentioned he would like to see that matchup rebooked and desires to share the card with his teammate, UFC interim light-weight winner Justin Gaethje, who is predicted to unify his belt with Makhachev’s teammate, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, sometime in the fall.
“The matchup was intended to transpire and why not place two of the most thrilling fighters in the lightweight division in opposition to Russia’s very best on the identical card?” Dober advised MMA Junkie.
“I assume correct now absolutely everyone is heading to attempt to get me down. Islam is a stable grappler and a good test for me.”