A meeting of two top talents at 155 pounds, the bout could set the winner up for a top-ranked opponent. Makhachev, currently No. 14 in the UFC’s rankings, has beaten six consecutive opponents on his most recent run and his 7-1 overall in eight outings. Most recently, he outpointed submission grappling ace Davi Ramos. A training partner of Khabib Nurmagomedov, he has been called the next champion by the lightweight champ.
In Makhachev’s way is Dober, who is 6-1 in his past seven outings. That includes a three-fight winning streak comprised entirely of knockouts. Most recently, he stopped Alexander Hernandez this past May to pick up his second consecutive performance bonus. Currently unranked in the top-15, a win over Makhachev would give the argument he needs to face more esteemed opposition.
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