UFC 288: Matt Frevola Wanted a Big Fight, Says Drew Dober “Can Get Knocked Out Like the Rest of Them”

On a two-fight win streak with two finishes, UFC lightweight Matt Frevola is entering UFC 288 on a high note.

“The Steamrolla” admits that his KO of Ottman Azaitar at UFC 281 in New York last year was the top of his career highlights — but Frevola (10-3-1) is ready for more.

“Yeah for sure, that last fight was definitely top, top of the list. But you know like anything, we’ve just got to up it” he told Cageside Press during an exclusive interview ahead of UFC 288 this Saturday. “The next big moment is always the next fight, and I think we could do that this weekend.”

The weekend sees Frevola paired up with fan favorite Drew Dober, in a fight that many have circled as a potential Fight of the Night. It’s not hard to see why, and Frevola is clearly excited about the match-up.

“I’m so pumped about this match-up. I’ve been watching Dober for a long time, he’s got awesome knockouts, he’s a very skilled Muay Thai stand-up fighter, he’s also got a brown belt in jiu-jitu. He’s a veteran, man,” acknowledged Frevola. “It’s crazy, people call me a veteran but this guy’s got 20 UFC fights. And he’s ranked #14 in the world. Since I started this, I wanted to be a world champion.”

The match-up with Dober, who has five post-fight bonuses in his last seven bouts, was in essence exactly what Matt Frevola was looking for.

“I’m coming off a two-fight win streak, I wanted a big fight, we got a big fight. I’m ready to go out there and leave it all out there.”

During Wednesday’s UFC 288 media day, Frevola opened up about his goals in the sport, as well as Dober’s durability and assets.

“This is the highest-ranked fighter I’ve fought. The goal from the beginning was to be a world champ, and now I’m fighting #14 in the world,” Frevola stated. “So once I beat him, I should be ranked up there, and we’re on our way to the world title.”

With Dober on a three-fight win streak, the “Steamrolla” knows he has a formidable task ahead, but it’s one that he feels prepared for. And if nothing else, anyone can be knocked out.

“I’m ready. I know that Dober’s good, but I’m good too. He’s got two arms, he’s got two legs, he bleeds like I bleed, and he can get knocked out like the rest of them.”

Watch our interview with UFC 288 lightweight Matt Frevola above; his media day appearance can be found below.