One of the spectators at Saturday night’s UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa was Drew Dober, who was supposed to be locked in the Octagon with Islam Makhachev. When it was discovered the 24-year old Russian had popped for a banned substance, the fight was scrapped at the eleventh hour.
Dober, who made weight and was given his show money for doing so, suddenly got the night off. In a roundabout way, the turn of events was par for the course for Dober, who has grown to expect the unexpected.
“I’ve had a very interesting UFC career,” Dober told MMA Fighting, in relatively good spirits given the circumstances. “There was the no contest in Brazil [against Leandro Silva], and now we have these shenanigans. So, you just take what cards are given. Everything happens for a reason.”
The Silva fight was overturned because it was determined by CABMMA that the referee made a mistake in the stoppage. Dober went from victim of a bad call to a participant in a fight that was utterly divested of meaning. And that particular weirdness came after his most memorable fight to date against Nick Hein in Berlin.
That was the time he lost a unanimous decision to Hein yet came home with a future wife. None other than Hein’s sister.
“I went over to Berlin, fought the German and in the post-fight party I fell in love with his sister,” he says, speaking of his now-wife, Gloria Hein. “I definitely had to put some work in. I wasn’t able to put a ring on her immediately. We pen-palled for weeks and months, and decided to give it a chance, and it was one good thing after another.”
Maybe for the Nebraska native Dober, things do really happen for a reason.
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