Drew Dober is back in action tomorrow night at UFC Wichita.
The 30-year-old is set to take on Beneil Dariush in an important lightweight fight where the winner could very well get a ranked opponent next. Meanwhile, Dober last fought in August, but the hope was he could have returned sooner. Nonetheless, he is just excited to get back into the Octagon and fight again.
“Oh, I’m incredibly excited like words can’t describe it. It is like a little kid waiting for Christmas,” Dober said to MyMMANews.com. “I can not wait to get into the cage and be able to perform.”
Once he is in there, Dober understands it is a tough fight against Dariush. However, the hope is Dariush and Dober can go in there and put on a show for the fans.
“I feel like it is all up to Beneil. You know me I like standing and trading with people,” he said. “It just depends what Beneil wants to do, I’ve seen him wrestle, do jiu-jitsu or stand and trade. We worked diligently to improve holes in my game and just improving my skills. Just doing everything I can to do what I can to be the most well-rounded fighter.”
No matter where the fight goes, Dober remains confident he will get his hand raised Saturday night. The lightweight has visualized it happening and now can’t wait to execute it on Saturday.
If he does indeed win the fight, he isn’t exactly sure where it will put him in the stacked lightweight division, but the hope is he can start fighting ranked opponents.
“Just one step up the ladder. He is extremely talented and super tough,” Dober explained. “I just remember watching him and admiring his martial arts. So to stand across from him in the Octagon. A win will just escalate me up the ladder and possibly into the top-15 or a top-15 opponent my next fight. I want a number in front of my name.”
The fight is tomorrow, and Dober gets to fight on the main card which is exciting for him. But really, all he cares about is fighting again and doing what he loves.
“Oh just enjoying the moments. The hard work is done so now I am just sitting back and enjoying each and every process,” Dober concluded.