A clash of red-hot lightweights has been added to the UFC Fight Night 182 card.
The matchup between rising contenders Drew Dober and Diego Ferreira, originally scheduled for May, has been announced as part of the UFC Fight Night 182 card in November. The news was first reported by ESPN. Dober and Ferreira had been scheduled to meet on the May 2 card that was cancelled entirely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Dober (23-9, 1NC) is riding a three-bout winning streak since being submitted by Beneil Dariush at UFC Fight Night 146, all three by knockout or TKO. Dober got back on track by smashing Marco Polo Reyes in the opening stanza of their UFC on ESPN 3 encounter, then scored a highlight-reel KO of Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 246 and his latest Octagon appearance, at UFC Fight Night 171, he scored a second-round TKO of Alexander Hernandez.
Ferreira (17-2), undefeated in over five years, will put an impressive six-fight streak on the line against Dober. Last time he stepped into the Octagon, the Brazilian fighter submitted with ease former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis via Rear-Naked Choke in the second stanza of their UFC 246 encounter. The last time Ferreira lost was against Dustin Poirier back in April 2015. After that, he put on several impressive performances and defeated some serious competition, including Mairbek Taisumov and Rustam Khabilov, punctuated by a two-year USADA suspension that kept him shelved for most of 2016 and 2017.
UFC Fight Night 182 will take place on Nov. 7. The main event is yet to be announced, but the card is currently scheduled to feature a middleweight bout between Ian Heinisch and Brendan Allen, and a strawweight clash between Claudia Gadelha and Yan Xiaonan.