In what was his most impressive performance yet in the octagon, Matt Frevola caused a major upset by defeating Drew Dober in the final prelim bout of UFC 288. Dober, who holds the No. 15 spot in the UFC rankings, was caught by a powerful right hand from Frevola early in the first round, which led to a TKO stoppage.
The Long Island-based fighter used the post-fight interview to make another call-out to Paddy Pimblett, a big name in the UK. During the fight, Dober was in his usual aggressive mode, aiming to land his straight left. Although Frevola took a few of those punches to the head, he started to find openings in Dober’s attack.
A head kick momentarily stopped Dober’s advance, and a superman punch caught him on the way in. Dober kept pressing forward and attempted to land a body shot, but Frevola countered with a two-punch combination that put Dober on the canvas. Although Dober contested the referee’s intervention, the blood on his face and his wobbly legs made it clear that the stoppage was justified.
After the fight, Frevola again called out Pimblett and made a case for himself as the next contender. He had previously issued a challenge to Pimblett after defeating Ottman Azaitar in his previous bout, which was one of three wins in a row.
Pimblett is focused on a rematch with Jared Gordon, who he controversially defeated, and is also nursing a serious ankle injury. Therefore, Frevola may have to wait for his opportunity to face Pimblett.
Frevola’s performance was nothing short of impressive, as he dominated a higher-ranked opponent and secured a convincing win. He now has two high-profile call-outs to his name, which should put him in a good position for his next fight.