Role model Shana Dobson shows off potential early in career with TUF 26 Finale win


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LAS VEGAS – If Shana Dobson has regular show-and-tell sessions with her students, she’ll have a fun one to bring next time.

Dobson (3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) stopped Ariel Beck (4-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) with a second-round TKO Friday night in a fight between “TUF 26” cast members. She specifically mentioned being a role model to her students, and now they can have an idea of what hard work can do.

“Even before I started fighting, that’s why I got involved in teaching: I wanted to be a role model for my students,” Dobson told MMAjunkie after the fight. “As cliche as it sounds, follow your dreams – because anything is possible. Anything.”

The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale took place Friday at Park Theater in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Dobson said her plan was to keep the fight standing, and that game plan paid off.

“It was crazy – I just stayed patient,” Dobson said. “I’ve fought southpaws before – I know what’s going to happen. … I just went in there and had fun, did what I do – stay on my feet, obviously, as I learned from my previous fights, and it worked out. I’m excited.”

But maybe more importantly, Dobson believes she got to show off some of the potential she has just a few fights into her pro career.

“That is me. That’s the striking I wanted to display and had the opportunity to display,” Dobson said. “I’m an underdog, of course – I’m 2-1. I’ve only been in this sport a few years. But look what I’ve got. That’s what I wanted everyone to see.”

For more from Dobson, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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TUF 26 Finale results: Shana Dobson right hand ends night for Ariel Beck

LAS VEGAS – In a battle of two willing Team Alvarez strikers Shana Dobson (3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) scored the decisive blows over Ariel Beck (4-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

The women’s flyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale event at Park Theater in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following an additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FS1.

Dobson took the center to start the contest, but Beck found early success with powerful kicks to the body. After absorbing a few, Dobson answered back with a few powerful punches and kicks to differing levels. Beck stood firm in the pocket, landing a big left hand a few more powerful kicks along the way. Dobson appeared the quicker fighter, but Beck was every bit as willing to stand and trade in the exchanges.

Beck opened quickly in the second, driving in punches to the body and head. Dobson answered back with a nice right hand and then a head kick that briefly stunned her foe. Dobson seemed to gain confidence as the round unfolded, but Beck showed heart in battling back. However, a crushing right hand changed all that. Beck covered, and Dobson rushed forward with a few more blows that saw her opponent slowly topple to the floor, ending the contest at the 2:53 mark of the frame.

“This is a surreal moment, and I’m so amped right now,” Dobson said after the fight. “I really could have not asked for a better result. I went out there and did what I’m best at: I landed my strikes and stayed on my feet and as you can see, I’m hard to deal with.

“Over the course of the year, I made 15 new friends, and I love these girls. It’s crazy because going in I knew I was going to have to fight these girls. I’m a professional, so at the end of the day I had to put that aside and go out there and fight.”

Up-to-the-minute TUF 26 Finale results include:

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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'TUF 26' roundtable: Cast members reflect on season to date, preview what's to come

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With “The Ultimate Fighter 26” on hiatus this week, apparently for some sort of baseball contest, take a moment to reflect on what’s happened thus far with a few of the season’s cast members.

“The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion” debuted on Aug. 30 and features 16 competitors angling for an opportunity to become the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion.

Under the leadership of former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and former WSOF champ Justin Gaethje, there are currently nine athletes left in the competition, including No. 1 seed Roxanne Modafferi, who scored a TKO win over Shana Dobson, as well as No. 8 seed Emily Whitmire, who meets No. 9 seed Christina Marks in the final opening-round contest of the season.

Modafferi, Dobson and Whitmire all participated in the panel discussion, which took place at UFC headquarters in Las Vegas. Additionally, No. 5 seed Maia Stevenson, who suffered a disappointing upset submission loss to Sijara Eubanks earlier this year, also joined the roundtable.

Check out the video above to hear their thoughts on a variety of topics.

And to learn more about each of the fighters’ personal back stories, check out the videos below.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Meet 'The Ultimate Fighter 26' cast: Shana Dobson, the school teacher


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LAS VEGAS – “The Ultimate Fighter” returns tonight for its 26th season, which will culminate with the crowning of the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion.

MMAjunkie recently sat down with all 16 cast members. Watch the video above to get to know Shana Dobson (2-1), who discusses balancing life as a fourth-grade teacher and MMA, being a first-generation Jamaican-American, what drew her to fighting, and more.

“The Ultimate Fighter 26,” featuring former UFC and Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez and former WSOF champ Justin Gaethje as coaches, airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FS1.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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