UFC 263: Drew Dober vs Brad Riddell: Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/09/2021, 12:51 PM EDT


UFC 263 is all set to be one of the best UFC events of the year. There are many epic clashes scheduled for the night and one such fight is between Drew Dober and Brad Riddell. This fight promises to be one of the toughest of the night as both fighters would love to move up the lightweight division.

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Dober is coming into the fight on the back of a loss against Islam Makhachev. The pair faced each other at the UFC 259 event, Dober lost that fight via a 3rd round submission. However, prior to his loss against Makhachev, Dober was in great form.

The fighter had won his last three UFC fights via KO. Dober did not have the best of starts to his UFC career, however, his victory over Jason Gonzalez at UFC 203 showcased his class. The fighter has an MMA record of (23-10) with 10 of his victories coming via KO/TKO.

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Brad Riddell is relatively younger and has a much shorter MMA career. The fighter is just 3 fights old in the UFC and has won all of them via decision. Riddell’s latest victory came at the UFC 253 event against Alex da Silva Coelho. Riddell’s MMA record (9-1) is great as he has suffered just one loss in his professional MMA career.

Drew Dober vs Brad Riddell: Analysis

Dober is coming into the fight just 3 months after his defeat against Islam Makhachev. Therefore, many fans were surprised that the fighter was willing to get back into action so soon. Whereas Riddell is coming back after almost 8 months and would have had much more time to prepare.

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While Dober did suffer defeat in his last fight, that was against one of the best fighters in the UFC. Therefore, we can not judge the fighter based on that loss. However, Riddell is in significant form and it would come as a shock if he loses to Dober.

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Dober’s best option would be to stop Riddell early on in the fight. As if the fight goes down to the wire, Riddell will definitely hold the edge.

Final Prediction: Brad Riddell wins by unanimous decision.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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