Drew Dober advocates for 165-pound division after UFC 214 knockout of Josh Burkman

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Drew Dober cuts an extraordinary amount of weight to compete in the UFC lightweight division. Even though he’s found success, such as his first-round knockout of Josh Burkman at UFC 214, he believes fighting at 165 pounds would be best for his career.

“I accept the fight at 185 (pounds),” Dober said after his win. “It’s just a matter of dropping that 30 pounds to make the 155 division. There’s always this huge talk of a 165-pound weight class. I think it’s tremendous. The 15-pound difference, we got guys who are too big for 155 but too small for 170.”

The Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) recently voted to add several new weight classes to the sport, including 165 pounds. UFC brass will decide whether to adopt the division, but Dober (18-8 MMA, 4-4 UFC) thinks it would be best for not only himself, but several other fighters.

Dober has mixed results during eight UFC appearances, with the first-round finish of Burkman (28-16 MMA, 6-11 UFC) being one of his biggest wins to date. The fight opened Saturday’s UFC 214 lineup, which took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

Dober said moving up to welterweight wouldn’t be optimal, so unless a change is made, he will continue to fight at lightweight.

“(Fighting at 165 would allow me to) eat to perform and relax and focus on the fight and less on the scale,” Dober said. “Walking around with guys like (welterweight champ) Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler, those guys are massive cutting down from 200 and stuff like that. Skill is the big thing. You’ve got to be skilled enough to compete in any division. When skills are matched, then size does plan as an advantage.”

Dober made quick work of Burkman at UFC 214. He landed a huge right hand that knocked down his opponent and forced the stoppage at the 3:06 mark of Round 1. With Burkman currently in a skid with one win in eight fights, Dober said the result was expected.

“When I accepted the fight, I knew I was going to knock him out,” Dober said. “It was just a matter of preparing myself for this knockout. Being able to fight someone you’ve seen fight on the big stages just proves to me I’m able to fight against these top guys.

“I had a couple hiccups, but I found the people that I need in Denver. It’s generated momentum, and I just have to keep that momentum going.”

For complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 214 results: Drew Dober breaks Josh Burkman's guard for 1st-round knockout win

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As Drew Dober came charging in, Josh Burkman put his defenses up and waited for the attack. But the left hand of Dober found an opening in the armor, and then found the chin of Burkman, who went crashing to the floor for the knockout finish at the 3:04 mark of Round 1.

The lightweight bout opened up the preliminary card of today’s UFC 214 event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FXX and a main card on pay-per-view.

It was a finish as sudden as it was violent. After a brief feeling out period followed by some clinch work and takedown attempts from each man, Dober (18-8 MMA, 4-4 UFC) got Burkman (28-16 MMA, 6-11 UFC) moving backwards toward the fence about halfway into the first round.

A convincing feint from Dober sent Burkman into a defensive shell, but that only allowed Dober to attack more ferociously without fearing a counter. He launched a hard left hand that came in over Burkman’s shoulder and caught him squarely on the chin. Burkman’s legs stiffened and he keeled back onto the mat, the back of his head bouncing off the canvas as he landed.

Dober would add one extra hammerfist as Burkman lay prone on the mat, but referee Jason Herzog was quick to intervene, halting the bout and handing Dober the quick knockout victory.

The win is Dober’s first since a submission loss to Olivia Aubin-Mercier last December. Burkman has now lost four straight, and six of his last seven.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 214 results include:

  • Drew Dober def. Josh Burkman via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:04

For complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Dann Stupp, John Morgan, Ben Fowlkes, Mike Bohn and Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Anaheim.)

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Video: Drew Dober just kicked off UFC 214 with a massive KO

If the rest of UFC 214 lives up to the curtain-jerker, we’re in store for a night of violent finishes.

In the first night of the fight, lightweight Drew Dober (18-8 MMA, 4-4 UFC) blasted veteran Josh Burkman (28-16 MMA, 6-11 UFC) with a clean left hand that brought about a quick stoppage (via Twitter):

The end came at the 3:04 mark of the opening round.

The preliminary-card bout streamed on UFC Fight Pass from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and preceded additional bouts on FXX and pay-per-view.

Dober simply punched through Burkman’s defenses to land the clean shot. The 28-year-old Elevation Fight Team fighter is now on a 3-1 run and has seven knockouts in 17 career wins.

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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