‘UFC will not let me fight’ Paddy Pimblett after controversial win

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LAS VEGAS – There was a time when Drew Dober We pressed hard for a matchup Paddy Pimblett, but now he thinks it’s an act of futility.

Pimblett (20-3 MMA and 4-0 UFC) was searching for an opponent for UFC 282 this weekend. Dober (25-11 MMA and 12-6 UFC), put his name in the hat to have a chance at fighting the rising British star. It didn’t materialize, and the promotion instead booked a pairing with Jared Gordon.

Pimblett won the fight, but it wasn’t without controversy He got it! the unanimous decision win Much to the chagrin and dismay of the overwhelming majority within the MMA community.

Dober will meet Bobby Green (29-13-1 MMA and 10-8-1 UFC on Saturday). UFC Fight Night 216 At the UFC Apex, Dober has shared the octagon alongside many of the top lightweights in the world. Dober’s resume includes bouts with the likes of Islam Makhachev, Beneil Dariush, Alexander Hernandez, Terrance McKinney, and more, which is a level of competition Pimblett hasn’t experienced.

Given how much Pimblett struggled to get past Gordon, Dober doesn’t have much hope that fight will ever come to fruition.

“UFC will not let me fight him,” Dober told MMA Junkie and other reporters at UFC Fight Night 216 media day on Wednesday. “Let’s be honest. We saw his last fight. We know what I’m capable of. That’d be a fun one. I want to fight at the O2 Arena in London. So if Paddy says yes, I’m all for it. We all know. We got Dana, UFC and all those – they won’t let that happen.”

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Dober knows that climbing uphill would be part of Dober’s goal if the UFC granted him the fight. His goal would be to finish the fight, but Dober theorizes that anyone going to the scorecards with “The Baddy” is at risk of experiencing what happened to Gordon.

“My opinion on the entire matter is there’s something to star power in the judges’ decisions,” Dober said. “We’re watching octagon control and effectiveness and all this other stuff – star power is something you’ve also got to get over. So when you’re fighting a guy as big as Paddy, you’ve got to do more than just five more punches.”

Dober is focusing on Green’s upcoming fight, which will be another fight that keeps him pumped. It’s the first fight for Green since he returned from a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspension for a contaminated supplementDober is not concerned about Green’s cleanliness.

“It’s rough. Cross-contaminated supplements is a thing,” Dober said. “I’ve seen that. I think Bobby made a mistake, but he didn’t intentionally make a mistake. I don’t think I’m fighting a steroided, chemically performance-enhancing Bobby Green. He was merely making an error and had to be punished. But I don’t think he did it intentionally. I think he’s a natural, clean fighter. He’s been fighting for the longest time. So I’m not worried about it at all.”

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