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The elevator that almost killed CB Dollaway left ‘Doberman’ permanently damaged

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MMA: The Ultimate Fighter-Herman vs Dollaway Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is sending CB Dollaway into a middleweight battle against Hector Lombard at the upcoming UFC 222 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for Sat., March 3, 2018 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Not that Dollaway had much choice, since a debilitating back injury has led to a loss in muscle mass and ultimately, a return to the 185-pound division. That said, the former Ultimate Fighter is lucky to be alive after a Cleveland elevator tried to kill him.

After it failed to bump off these guys.

“There’s permanent damage,” Dollaway told MMA Fighting. “There’s no way to — it’s irreversible, essentially. I could go try to do a surgery or something, but my doctors have been like, ‘Yeah, I wouldn’t recommend it,’ because they don’t know how that’s going to turn out. So it just is what it is, you know?”

Yikes.

Dollaway (16-8) has struggled in recent years, to the tune of three straight losses, but managed to bounce back with a unanimous decision win over Ed Herman last July. It was “The Doberman’s” first fight after 18 months on the sidelines.

Lombard (34-8-1, 2 NC), meanwhile, is mired in a dreadful four-fight losing streak, one in which he was finished three times. That includes last September’s knockout loss to the unheralded Anthony Smith in Pittsburgh.

To see who else is fighting at UFC 222 click here.