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UFC 259 live blog: Islam Makhachev vs. Drew Dober

Islam Makhachev and Drew Dober at UFC 259
Islam Makhachev and Drew Dober will clash on the UFC 259 main card Saturday night in Las Vegas.
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This is the UFC 259 live blog for Islam Makhachev vs. Drew Dober, a lightweight main card fight on Saturday’s event at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

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.

Check out the UFC 259 live blog below.