“I want that respect on my name”
LAS VEGAS — UFC lightweight Grant Dawson can’t wait to have a big name on his resume.
Dawson wants to step up and face a recognized opponent in the division, and his preference is former interim champion Tony Ferguson. Dawson (19-1-1 MMA, 7-0-1 UFC) called out Ferguson after his submission victory over Mark Madsen (12-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 214.
He thinks it’s the right next step for his career.
“I think the only thing I’m missing in terms of getting the respect from the fans that I think I deserve is that I didn’t beat somebody with a high name,” Dawson told reporters afterwards. . “I’ve beaten two undefeated guys – three if you count Leonardo Santos, who’s undefeated in the UFC – and I still feel like I’m one of the best OK players. I want that respect on my name. I understand how it works. I am not angry. I understand. A win over Tony Ferguson, I think a finish over Tony Ferguson, really stamps my name and shows people, ‘Hey, this guy is for real.’ Also, I can’t wait to be ranked on Monday. I’ve waited my whole life to be ranked.
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As for his performance on Saturday, Dawson thinks it’s the best he’s ever seen inside the octagon. He also admits that the missing weight for the short-notice fight takes away a bit from the win.
“I feel good. I feel like it was one of my best performances,” Dawson said. “I feel like there was a little something about the performance. I think we all know what I’m talking about. But other than that, it was one of my best performances, and I think it’s great to show how much I’m improving on American Top Team.
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