The evolution of Drew Dober was on full display at UFC on ESPN+ 29 this past Wednesday, May 13.
Dober put away Alexander Hernandez with punches in the second round in Jacksonville, Florida. The 31-year-old’s victory means more than a single victory, but the revenge of previous losses.
🔊"You can keep looking at my past fights, because that's no longer the person that's entering the cage." – @DrewDober discusses his maturation as a fighter #TLTS@lthomasnews pic.twitter.com/NqXaFmbE1f
— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) May 15, 2020
“To me, this fight symbolized the evolution of Drew Dober,” Dober said to Thomas.
“So when I’m competing against Alex, this is my chance to show the world like, ‘Yeah, you can keep looking at my past fights, but that’s no longer the person entering the cage.’”
Dober’s victory marked his third-straight finish, holding wins against Nasrat Haqparast and Polo Reyes. His previous two losses came at the hands of Beneil Dariush and Olivier Aubin-Mercier.
A previous three-fight unbeaten streak ended with a second-round submission loss to Dariush at UFC oN ESPN+ 4 in March 2019. Like the Dariush bout, Dober tapped out in the second round to Mercier at UFC 206 in December 2016.
Dober’s recent streak is the product of being a 15-time UFC veteran. He made his octagon debut in November of 2013, starting with two-consecutive defeats.
Hernandez beat both Dariush and Mercier. He even knocked out Dariush in 42 seconds at UFC 222 in March 2018.
According to Dober, his victory on Saturday was three for the price of one.
“I’m no longer the guy who is fighting Oliver, I’m a far better fighter than that,” Dober said. “With a win against Alexander, I feel like I avenged those losses.”