Like many fighters, Drew Dober has a dream. His daily hours of hard work in the gym are a job description for his ultimate career goal as a full-time fighter with the UFC. Drew’s roots lie in traditional martial arts, from Taekwondo and Karate to Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai.
“It didn’t take long for me to realize that I was going to spend my life in sport,” says Drew Dober. “I’ve been training in martial arts and MMA for about ten years and I still wake up every day looking for more … ready to put in the work.”
Drew Dober was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. His interest in martial arts began at the age of 13, when he enrolled in TaeKwonDo and Karate classes. He soon found his sport of choice — Muay Thai — and says he integrates skills from Muay Thai into his MMA style.
“I prefer the striking of Muay Thai. I can mix everything I know with skills from my other disciplines and create my own fight style that keeps me from being vulnerable,” says Dober. He still likes to be a part of Muay Thai fights, but adds, “here in the midwest, Muay Thai fights are hard to find.” It doesn’t seem to matter, however, because early on Dober had a plan.
In high school, he added wrestling to his experience with Taekwondo and Karate. True to form, Drew put in the work and earned a reputation for his wrestling prowess when he was named the District Silver Medalist for his team, as well as a qualifying spot at state competition. The discipline he learned in wrestling became part of his Muay Thai training, which ultimately became the foundation of his MMA fighting style. Whether through his own growth, or with a little push from the trainers and martial arts community in his hometown, Drew’s transition to MMA was complete by the time he graduated from high school and participated in his first fights.
“Winning against three undefeated fighters certainly helped kickstart my career,” says Dober. “I was fired up and knew I made the right decision.” What followed was an amateur fight record of 12-0, including an 8-1 record as an amateur Muay Thai fighter. In July of 2009, Drew left amateur status to become a pro MMA fighter, and with three years of professional fights under his belt, he is now focused on a path that leads to the UFC, and ultimately holding a world title.
Next up on Drew’s schedule is a December 15 fight at Ralston Arena in Omaha, Nebraska at the Victory Fighting Championship. When asked what he thinks his best attribute is as a fighter, Dober confidently says, “I work hard. I am dedicated to my fighting and I never quit.”
Dober says MMA competition is like physical chess. After hours in the gym a fighter must consider every second, every move, every strike. “Every single discipline that I’ve learned helps me when I’m in the cage. It’s raw competition at its finest and I have to use every element I know to outsmart my opponent,” he says.
For now, Drew is taking advantage of all the opportunities he can. Earlier this year Drew got a chance to fight for UFC’s reality show, The Ultimate Fighter: Season 15, against Darren Cruikshank, and while he was defeated by a decision, Dober’s performance was described by Geno Mrosko on SB Nation as a fighter who held up even “when the kitchen sink didn’t put him down….”.
Drew is a member of the Mid-America MMA team as well as Team Vaghi – a group of MMA fighters from St. Louis, Omaha, and Kansas City. For tickets to Drew’s upcoming fight at the Victory Fighting Championship, click here. Be sure to like Seven Fightgear on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with Seven Fightgear athletes. See Drew in the Seven Fightgear video
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