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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.