Drew Dober survives and stops Terrance McKinney at UFC Vegas 50

January 18, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Drew Dober reacts following his first round TKO victory against Nasrat Haqparast during UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight on the main card of UFC Vegas 50, we saw a fun matchup in the lightweight division. Lightweight veteran Drew Dober (23-11) was back in the octagon as he was taking on the surging top young contender Terrance McKinney (12-3).

McKinney was making a very quick turnaround after he just fought at UFC Vegas 49 two weeks ago. That night, McKinney picked up his second straight first round finish since joining the UFC.

There are many people high on McKinney and it’s easy to see why. He’s wanting to jump right towards the top of the lightweight division and taking on Drew Dober on short-notice was a good way to do that.

Dober came into tonight on a two-fight losing streak. However, the losses came against Islam Makhachev and Brad Riddell. Prior to that, he had won three straight including wins over Alexander Hernandez and Nasrat Haqparast.

UFC Vegas 50 was an opportunity for him to show he’s still a top contender at 155 pounds.

UFC Vegas 50 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 50 lightweight contest kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Big flying knee from McKinney and a big combination lands and down goes Dober. McKinney is all over Dober here and Dober is hurt badly.

Dober gets back to his feet but he’s grounded by another flying knee. McKinney going all out for a finish here. However, Dober is really hanging in there and once again gets back to his feet. McKinney circles and he gets clipped by Dober.

Furious pace here in the opening round. Takedown from McKinney just after he lands a spinning back fist. McKinney settles into the guard of Dober and he starts working the ground and pound. Big shots from the top and Dober is trying to control his posture.

Dober explodes and gets back to his feet. McKinney is starting to look tired here as he’s emptied the gas tank going for that finish. Big knee from Dober and down goes McKinney. Dober following up with big shots and it’s over. Huge comeback from Dober at UFC Vegas 50.

Drew Dober def. Terrance McKinney by TKO – Round 1