The Ultimate Fighter 7 runner-up CB Dollaway makes his return to the Octagon as he is set to take on fellow middleweight Jared Hamman in a featured preliminary bout at UFC on Versus 5 this Sunday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Dollaway last fought against Mark Munoz in March at UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs. Kampmann, where he was knocked out in just 54-seconds.
Now he is set to make his comeback in hopes of returning to the winning ways he was enjoying prior to the Munoz bout. But before his fight this weekend, Dollaway spoke with MMAFrenzy.com about the matchup.
Asked what effect Hamman making his middleweight debut could have on this fight, Dollaway said “Even though he is dropping down a division, he is always in good shape and is always coming forward. Regardless, I think it is going to be a great fight.”
Even though Dollaway has strong wrestling roots, wrestling with fellow UFC fighters Cain Velasquez, Ryan Bader, and Aaron Simpson at Arizona State University, “The Doberman” is just as well known for his versatile submission game. Following a loss to Amir Sadollah in The Ultimate Fighter 7 finals, Dollaway submitted fellow TUF 7 competitor Jesse Taylor with the rarely seen Peruvian Neck Tie. That easily earned him “Submission of the Night” honors. He again earned that honor following a guillotine choke of Joe Doerksen at UFC 119 in September 2010.
With a more all-around repertoire than the average wrestler in the UFC, Dollaway feels that it helps stray away any criticism he or any other wrestler may receive for a lack of finishing. “I think criticism for wrestlers is given out on an individual basis,” said Dollaway. “I finish fights. I’ve only had two decisions in the UFC, and both were wins. With my two submission bonuses, I don’t really get the reputation other wrestlers get.”
Dollaway trained for MMA with ASU teammates Bader and Simpson, who joined Dollaway in opening their own gym, PowerMMA in Gilbert, Arizona. They could not be happier with the transition, and really feel it has helped everyone’s game. “Since we opened the gym, everything has been going very well,” said Dollaway. “We opened the gym in Gilbert, Arizona, and it is has been very exciting for all of us. For me personally, it is great to have our own spot to train. It keeps me in the gym and gives me more time to train.”
With the newly formed gym, and a loss to rebound from, Dollaway knows he has plenty of motivation to take on the rejuvenated Jared Hamman. “I feel I have an advantage against Jared. I can use my speed against him since he is taller, and get under him a lot easier. I go out to finish guys. He is not an easy guy to finish, but I am going in there and will do everything I can to win.”
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