Matt Frevola may have punched his ticket to the lightweight top 15 earlier tonight (Sat., May 6, 2023) at UFC 288 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., when “Steamrolla” stopped veteran Drew Dober with a sensational first-round TKO (punches).
Both lightweights came out firing, but it was Frevola who landed the more meaningful shots. His movement gave him angles to attack and bloody Dober’s face in the early going. Dober stayed dangerous, though, until a head kick from “Steamrolla” left him on weak legs. Moments later, Frevola landed a left hand followed by a massive right that sent Dober crashing to the canvas. Frevola followed up with vicious ground-and-pound until referee Herb Dean had seen enough.
Check out the final moments below courtesy of UFC/ESPN:
STEAMROLLA DID THAT #UFC288 pic.twitter.com/isFkRr6lqe— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 7, 2023
After the fight, the 32-year-old Frevola decided to issue a callout to rising lightweight star Paddy Pimblett. The English fighter is currently rehabbing after his controversial win over Jared Gordon this past December, but when he’s healthy this makes for a great matchup.
Check out Frevola’s post-fight callout below:
Frevola with some choice words for Paddy Pimblett #UFC288 pic.twitter.com/zKokEoZarL— UFC (@ufc) May 7, 2023
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