Riddell decks Dober, eyes Gillespie next

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After defeating Drew Dober at UFC 263 yesterday, City Kickboxing's Brad Riddell is targeting a fight with #10-ranked Gregor Gillespie next.

UFC 263 took place in Arizona on Sunday, June 13, with Israel Adesanya succesfully defending his middleweight belt against Marvin Vettori in the main event.

Headlining the undercard, Brad Riddell continued to climb the lightweight ladder with a spectacular win over #13-ranked Drew Dober.

Despite being rocked early in round one by Dober's left hand, Riddell weathered the storm, initiating a wrestling exchange to recover, briefly taking Dober down before they both regained their feet.

Riddell began to shift the momentum of the fight in his favour late in the first round, landing several hard right hands which were absorbed by Dober's huge jaw. Dober started the second round strong, but Riddell again found a home for his right hand, outlanding Dober 27 to 24 in significant strikes.

In the third, Riddell landed a hard right hand early, wobbling Dober. Riddell timed the right hand off his slip of Dober's southpaw left, repeatedly finding a home for it in round three. With 30 seconds to go, the punch landed with crushing power, wobbling Dober and sending him staggering backwards.

Riddell followed him, cracking him with another two-piece combo and sprawling as Dober shot for the takedown. Riddell ended the fight raining down punches on a bloodied Dober as the buzzer sounded. In this fight, Riddell proved he is not just a striker, taking Dober down successfully five out of 11 times.

The fight was awarded Fight of the Night, giving both men a $50,000 bonus.

After the fight, ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto took to Twitter, describing an encounter with Riddell backstage.

Riddell and Gregor Gillespie were matched for a bout on March 21 but "Covid protocols" saw it cancelled. Gillespie since went on to look terrifying against Carlos Diego Ferreira in a smothering performance which saw him get round two TKO.

Having just defeated the number 13-ranked UFC lightweight fighter, Brad Riddell will surely crack the top-15 rankings this week. After showing he is not just a striker, Riddell wants to show that he can hang with one of the top grapplers in the division and continue his ascent.