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Hard Work Pays off for our Seven Athletes

It’s been just about one year since we did our first Seven photoshoot and made plans to introduce the Seven Fightgear product line. When we selected the athletes to come to Seven for a photoshoot, we were looking for athletes who exemplified the brand and image of Seven. We wanted athletes who were well-rounded, disciplined and focused. We sought out athletes who understood the importance of embracing all aspects of MMA training; physical endurance, grappling techniques, stand up strength, power moves, strategic positioning. During the photoshoot, I witnessed firsthand how hard these guys train. I learned about the choices they make every day to do what it takes to achieve their personal best. It’s been an exciting year to watch their training turn into opportunity. Their focus and discipline is nothing short of inspiring and we look forward to seeing all their hard work pay off in the cage this summer.

Fighting on July 27, 2013 for the VFC 40 at the Ralston Arena we have Drew Dober fighting TJ O’Brien and Mirsad Bektic will be fighting too. Finally, Alex Huddleston has joined the Super Fight League in India.

We will be following these guys as they prepare for these fights and look forward to sharing their stories and training tips along the way.

Jason High
UFC – Fuel TV 10
Jason High
Date: June 8, 2013
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
Watch it: Fuel TV 10
Seth Petruzelli
Bellator Lightweight
World Championship
Seth Petruzelli
Date: June 19, 2013
Location: Winstar World Casino, OK
Alex Huddleston
Super Fight League
Alex Huddleston
Date: June 21, 2013
Watch it: ESPN
Tyler Stinson
EPIC Fight Night 1
Tyler Stinson
Date: June 29, 2013
Location: Kansas City
Read more on MMA Corner
Drew Dober
Victory Fighting Championship
Drew Dober
Date: July 27, 2013
Location: Ralston Arena, Nebraska
more at Victory Fighting Championship
Mirsad Bektic
Victory Fighting Championship
Mirsad Bektic
Date: July 27, 2013
Location: Ralston Arena, Nebraska
more at Victory Fighting Championship

Seven FightGear @ VFC 38- Photos by Jerry Chavez

Drew Dober Ready for VFC Fight December 15

Drew Dober is ready for his December 15 fight for Victory Fighting Championship with Robert Rojas at the Ralston Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. Dober says he spends 40+ hours in the gym and is always improving his technique. For tickets call 402-301-6044 or visit

Drew Dober: A Fighter That Never Quits.

Drew Dober | Seven Fightgear

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.

Drew Dober MMA Fighter

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 Dober Grappling with Mirsad Bektic   Drew Dober | Seven Fightgear

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

Want more info on Drew?

Sherdog Fight Profile
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Drew Dober Twitter: @DrewDober
Victory Fighting Championship Video


Photography by Chris McEniry

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