UFC Florida Hernandez vs Dober: A Lightweight Dilemma
By James Lee
Arguably the fight of the week comes in the form of a main card bout between Alexander Hernandez and Drew Dober.
A pair who will showcase the lightweight division as one of the sport’s most intriguing and impressive.
In terms of skill, the bout should excel above most on the night. The rising duo can perform exceptionally in all aspects of combat and will consistently attempt to ensure the contest does not fulfil the fifteen-minute time limit.
Drew Dober will enter the contest on the back of a vicious knockout victory over Nasrat Haqparast in January and Marco Polo Reyes before that.
Similarly, Hernandez will be eager to reignite his form that saw him finish Beneil Dariush in his UFC debut and follow that up with a win over Olivier Aubin-Mercier.
However, and unfortunately, the lightweight division has become a division of excitement, not one of championship capability for most. For them, they are on the fringes of being ranked and the congested nature of those at 155 lbs poses a situation where the winner will receive little recognition, despite beating a skilled opponent.
In other circumstances, success over ranked fighters would ensure progression, but at 155 lbs, it guarantees little. A ranked opponent for the winner may be unrealistic, which outlines a multitude of diverse issues that lightweight has at this moment.
Consequently, the division’s unforgiving nature has made most refuse to allow somebody a chance at taking their spot, and as those at the top hold together a pact, it doesn’t bode well for those outside of that.
It could be called a sad state of affairs for arguably the sport’s most dependable division and although the pair will showcase everything positive about lightweight, the lack of opportunity afterwards is unreflective of the high-quality nature they will illustrate.
The possible fifteen minutes between two of the division’s most skilled will go down in Jacksonville. Somehow though, what could be only described as an inconsequential future will linger considerably over the contest, with grave implications unlikely for the fighter who has their hand raised upon the contest’s closure.