24-Year-Old Other Featherweight 12-1-0
November 10, 2017 Grant Dawson News
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Dawson was flagged for a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency policy violation Friday, MMAFighting.com reports.
Dawson has yet to compete in a UFC fight after joining the promotion in mid-August following a victory over Adrian Diaz during Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender series. This will obviously delay that date even further, and potentially lead to an outright release. The 23-year-old was flagged for the potential violation that stemmed from an out-of -competition USADA drug test in October. Moving forward, the USADA will handle the "results and appropriate adjudication of this case."
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Fantasy AnalysisDawson was well in control the entire fight. He secured a takedown in the first round and eventually took the back of Diaz, but time expired before he was able to sink in a rear-naked choke attempt. The second round was more of the same, but Dawson wouldn't be denied this time, ultimately collecting his ninth career submission victory. At 5-10, the 23-year-old is a large featherweight that has already exhibited commendable wrestling and jiu-jitsu, as well as a strong ground-and-pound game. He'll eventually catch himself in stand-up battles as he faces better competition, so striking will be an aspect of his game to focus on moving forward. He's an intriguing prospect from a fantasy standpoint, however, as all of his 12 professional wins have been earned via stoppage.