Drew Dober Returns To Face Efrain Escudero At UFC 188

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Armed with the good news that his incredibly controversial UFC Fight Night 62 loss to Leandro Silva had been overturned to a no contest this week, UFC lightweight Drew Dober will make a quick turnaround to fight at June’s UFC 188 pay-per-view (PPV) card from Mexico City.

Dober will face longtime Octagon vet Efrain Escudero, who is currently on his third stint with the world’s biggest MMA promotion, on the Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum-headlined card from the Mexico City Arena.

After picking up his first-ever UFC victory over former WEC lightweight champ Jamie Varner at last December’s UFC on FOX 13, Dober was the unfortunate victim of a phantom submission call by referee Eduardo Herdy, who deemed him passed from a guillotine in Silva’s half guard.

The Brazilian Athletic Commission for MMA (CABMMA) originally stated that they could not change the result of the highly maligned judgment call, but later did so after Herdy came clean about his mistake.

He lost his only two UFC bouts prior to the Varner fight, dropping decisions to Sean Spencer and Nick Hein.

Escudero recently picked up his first UFC win in nearly five years by defeating Rodrigo de Lima by decision at February’s UFC Fight Night 60. He had dropped two out of his three previous bouts prior to the win, including a UFC Fight Night 51 loss to Leonardo Santos.

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 lightweight winner will look to shake off his reputation for inconsistency to build a win streak in his native Mexico.

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