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We have ourselves an excellent fight in the Lightweight division, as Drew Dober takes on Terrance “T.Wrecks” McKinney. Coming into this fight on a two-fight skid, Dober will look to right the ship. Having previous to the losing streak won three straight, Dober still has what it takes to make a run at 170 pounds. Meanwhile, McKinney steps into this fight two weeks after defeating Fares Ziam via first round submission. Looking to capitalize off his hot start in the UFC, McKinney will look to use this big opportunity as a catapult towards bigger fights. Something which I can definitely seeing come to fruition should McKinney continue his tear.
As for a prediction, I have Dober winning. While I’ve sided with McKinney in his first two UFC appearances, this short notice fight against Dober seems like a tall task. McKinney is a heavy handed striker, who has good wrestling and submissions. Having starched Matt Frevola in 7 seconds and submitted Fares Ziam in 131 seconds, McKinney isn’t one to be paid by hour. However, Dober is tough out for most. With a cast iron chin, excellent striking and legitimate knockout power, Dober has more often than not, got the better of his opponents. The one worry in this fight for Dober, is not only McKinney’s power, but his wrestling. Dober has been taken down eleven times in his last three fights. He has also been submitted in four of his eleven losses. While worrisome, two of those submissions came to Beniel Dariush and Islam Makhachev. The current 3rd and 4th ranked Lightweights. So with that said, I expect Dober to face adversity early, weather the storm, and win via late TKO.