UFC Jacksonville: “Late Bloomer” Drew Dober Will Take Any Ranked Opponent, Not Just Felder

Drew Dober picked up another big win at UFC Jacksonville on Wednesday night. In fact, it’s safe to say that Dober (23-9, 1NC) is now on the radar of a lot of fighters in the lightweight divsision.

Dober, who trains with new 155lb interim champ Justin Gaethje, was up against Alexander Hernandez. Alex “The Great” had a good start with takedowns, but Dober was able to adapt, and pick up a second-round TKO.

Speaking to Cageside Press on a virtual post-fight media scrum, Dober explained that he anticipated that good start from Hernandez. “Fighting isn’t perfect. He’s gonna land a couple shots, he’s gonna get a takedown but it’s a my constant pursuit of victory that’s gonna make my opponents uncomfortable. So, who cares? You’ve got the first takedown, there’s still like 14 more minutes to go. And I was just constantly trying to keep that pressure on him.”

The Team Elevation lightweight really seems to be putting things together of late. As to what he attributes that to, Dober said that “I’m a late bloomer, but truthfully, it’s making my move out to Team Elevation, and focusing on the mindset of the sport, mindset of an athlete, and mindset of a person that really allows me to perform freely. And so with Team Elevation and the mindset that I’ve been practicing, [it] has really contributed to the victories.”

Post-fight, Dober called out the always tough Paul Felder. Another winner on the night, Omar Morales, was interested in Dober himself. While it’s not Felder or bust for Drew Dober, he is looking for a ranked opponent next.

“I have my eyes set on the top guys. The top 15, top 10. I’m 31 years old, you know, there’s a shelf life to the sport and I want to fight the best in the world,” Dober stated. “But to be honest, I don’t say no to any fighter, but I’m looking to compete against the best in the world.”