“Evolving” Shana Dobson confident ahead of UFC Glendale bout vs. Lauren Mueller

UFC flyweight Shana “Danger” Dobson is bursting with confidence ahead of her UFC Fight Night match against Octagon newcomer Lauren Mueller.

Dobson impressed in her UFC debut last December.

The native District of Columbian (3-1) fought in The Ultimate Fighter 26 tournament, where she lost to WMMA pioneer Roxanne Modafferi in the first round of an exhibition bout. She followed up with a successful UFC debut at the TUF 26 finale, defeating Ariel Beck by way of a second-round TKO.

A boxer at heart, Dobson moved back to her native DC after TUF and began training at Team Lloyd Irvin. She says, “I’m very pleased every day that I’m in that gym. I’m being put through a very rigorous training routine. Everything is evolving. There is no stone being left unturned. We’re drilling everything, we’re sparring hard, it’s an intense camp. Everything is being taken to the next level and it’s only going to progress from there.”

The intensity of her training at Team Lloyd Irvin has buoyed her confidence to where she has no doubts about the outcome of her fight against the “Princess Tiger.” She says, “I’m hyped about fighting Lauren. I know she’s going to going in there and put up a good fight. I know she’s going in there to bang and take the fight all over, but we’re just prepared for wherever it goes.”

“I’m prepared to stand and strike. I’m prepared to go to the ground. I’m just going to go in there and take it anywhere I want to; wherever my coaches feel we need to. I’m excited to get in there with her. I know at the end of the day, with the way my camp has gone, I’m going to get my hand raised.” 

After her fight with Mueller, she plans to work her way up to a fight against current UFC Flyweight champion Nicco Montano, with whom she has a previous fight. In 2016, Dobson and Montano fought in a King of the Cage match. Montano won by unanimous decision. Dobson says, “Nicco (Montano) is one of my good friends in the MMA world, in the division, we go way back, but I want to see her again in the cage,” said Dobson.

“I want to see whoever has the belt at the time when it’s my time. I’m not in here just to get fights. I’m here to get that strap at the end of the day.”

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UFC on Fox 29 takes place this Saturday April 14 from the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, United States. The early preliminary card featuring Dobson vs. Mueller will be aired live on UFC Fight Pass from 3:30pm ET.

How do you think Dobson will fare against Mueller? Do you see her working her way to the UFC Flyweight Championship?

Veteran martial arts writer also published in Black Belt and Fight! Magazine.

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