The UFC Lightweight fighter Drew Dober is stepping inside the Octagon against the Dagestani Lightweight fighter Islam Makhachev at UFC 259. Makhachev is on an undefeated win streak of 7 fights and he is the cousin of Khabib Nurmagomedov.
He was originally booked to face Rafael Dos Anjos on UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs Makhachev but due to COVID, he pulled his name from the fight. After recovering now he is booked to face Drew Dober next.
Dober is also on a three-fight win streak and he isn’t buying the hype that Makhachev brings with him because of being Khabib’s brother. In his latest interview with MMA Junkie, Dober says
“I think a lot of the hype comes from when you have one of the greatest of all time Khabib talk so highly of you, plus Russian fans follow their athletes whole-heartedly,”
“So I think a lot of his hype comes from Khabib and the fanbase and all that stuff and not really so much his accomplishments in the cage. Honestly, that’s what I’m trying to test out, to kinda see if that hype is really all there and that kinda thing.”
“I don’t really see the hype being warranted, but we’re here to find out Mar. 6.”
Dober wants to give a message to Makhachev’s fan army coming after him on social media
Drew Dober admits that Islam Makhachev’s fans are coming after him on social media and he wants them to answer after the fight. Dober added, “Of course, which I love”
“Whether you want to see me win or you want to see me lose, you’re tuning into my fight, and performing martial arts in front of as many people as possible is my dream, so I absolutely adore it … Honestly I think I got more negative opinions when I was fighting Nasrat than I do with Islam, but man, it’s all the same to me.”
“It’s more eyes on my fight, and the more eyes the merrier, and I get super excited about it so I’m really just enjoying every moment of this camp.”