Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweights C.B. Dollaway and Francis Carmont faced off in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 41 yesterday (Sat., May 31, 2014) from O2 World in Berlin, Germany.
Dollaway came in with the momentum of a first round knockout over Cezar Ferreira at UFC Fight Night 38. "Doberman" was on the cusp of making waves in one of the most talented divisions in all of mixed martial arts (MMA), but he had to get past Carmont first.
Training with former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at Montreal's TriStar Gym, Carmont recently saw an 11-fight win streak disappear when Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza controlled him on the ground to win a decision at UFC Fight Night 36. "Limitless" was looking to avoid dropping two straight.
In the end, he couldn't accomplish that goal as Dollaway kept his hype building with one of his best victories ever.
The fight began with Carmont snapping a high kick. Dollaway pressed forward with a combo and low kick, but Carmont responded with some good punches of his own. Dollaway ate a solid right hand and a counter left hook. Carmont landed a spinning back kick to the body, only to see "Doberman" taunt him. A body kick landed, but Dollaway responded with a huge left hook that dropped "Limitless," and he swarmed to finish.
Carmont recovered well with a single leg attempt and the fight returned to the feet. Carmont looked at the clock and took a deep breath as Dollaway pressed forward with punches and kicks. Carmont got a great trip takedown to go for a guillotine on the cage, but Dollaway reversed with ease to close out the exciting first frame.
The second round saw another body kick from Carmont, followed by a sharp low kick. "Limitless" snapped a high kick as Dollaway's pace slowed considerably. Wild hooks missed from ""Doberman" as Carmont scored with an uppercut.
Dollaway nailed a beautiful bodylock takedown to control the action on the ground. Carmont locked a kimura, but Dollaway reversed again to take his back, perhaps locking up the round with his wrestling.
The final frame kicked off with sharp leg, body, and high kicks from Carmont. Dollaway transitioned to another successful single leg to take Carmont's back on the mat and look for a rear-naked choke. Carmont slipped out to shove Dollaway up against the cage.
"Limitless" landed some big elbows, so Dollaway sought a sloppy single leg, persevering to finish it and score the mount to land some big elbows of his own. The fight's final minute wore down with Dollaway maintaining dominant position.
"Doberman" took home the unanimous decision victory with his go-to skillset of wrestling. When Carmont began to show any edge with his kickboxing, Dollaway took the fight to the ground and nullify his opponent's strengths. His striking is also coming along as well, as he nearly knocked out Carmont with his dangerous left hook.
An exhausted Dollaway said he believe he's now in the Top 10 for the first time in his career, but he wouldn't call out any ranked fighters. If not for his controversial split decision loss to Tim Boetsch, Dollaway would have a very solid five-fight win streak intact.
He's still due for a big fight, so someone like fellow wrestler Yoel Romero would be a good match-up for Dollaway. Gegard Mousasi, who beat Mark Munoz in UFC Fight Night 41's main event, would be another potential opponent for Dollaway.
Carmont has some adjustments to make after the loss. He has some excellent striking range and timing, but he's fought too patiently in his recent bouts. He's also going to have to shore up his takedown defense in a big way if he ever wants to be a legitimate contender in the wrestler-heavy UFC middleweight division.
He should rebound against a fighter towards the bottom or just outside of the Top 15, but the pressure will be on Carmont to avoid losing three straight.
CB Dollaway continued to impress by defeating Francis Carmont at UFC Fight Night 41. What's next for the power-wrestling "Doberman?"