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C.B. Dollaway in another must-win situation

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"The Doberman," favored by many to win the seventh season "The Ultimate Fighter," instead went out with a whimper, suffering back-to-back losses to the unheralded Amir Sadollah. Due to the rules used in the filming of the reality show, only one of the losses was an official fight for Dollaway. That technicality doesn't make this weekend any less important.

"It was pretty disappointing," Dollaway told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of his feelings of the finale loss. "That was one of the toughest training camps I've ever had. I worked my butt off, and then to have it end so quickly, it was real disappointing."

After that first-round loss in the finale to Sadollah via arm bar, the same technique used to finish Dollaway in the season's semifinals, the 24-year-old is excited to return to the octagon in the main card of this weekend's UFC Fight Night 14 for a shot at redemption.

"It's great to get back in," Dollaway said. "I didn't really have to do a whole training camp over again to compete, to get back in there again."

Dollaway's opponent, Jesse Taylor, also returns to the octagon under somewhat shaky conditions. Despite qualifying for the season's finale, Taylor was removed from the show after an alcohol-induced night of destructive antics.

Dollaway said he supports the decision to bring Taylor back to the UFC, and he feels the bout provided a favorable match-up.

"It didn't really bother me, [Taylor] coming back," said Dollaway, who blogged about "TUF" experience for MMAjunkie.com . "It's a good match-up for me. I think that my strengths are better than his, where he's strongest -- in wrestling."

After the consecutive submission losses, many questioned Dollaway's defensive capabilities on the ground. The Arizona Combat Sports-trained fighter believes the issues in question have been resolved.

"It's something that needed to be fixed," Dollaway said of the issue. "It's one of those things when mixing punches in with jiu-jitsu, sometimes you leave yourself vulnerable. When I'm just doing straight jiu-jitsu, I don't ever have a problem with it. When I am throwing punches, I tend to leave myself vulnerable sometimes. It's just something I had to work on."

Dollaway will be looking to avoid his third-straight loss in the UFC, a mark that would almost certainly spell his release from the organization in which he was once expected to figure so prominently. But Dollaway insists the pressure on him is no different than any other fight.

"I don't go in there to lose," Dollaway said. "So every fight is a must-win situation. ... (I plan on) going out there and going after it, and trying to make for an exciting fight."

Post #1   7/16/08 1:22:23PM   

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I think it's a must win for jesse and CB, yet im going to pick jesse because i can't stand CB. Send him to WEC he'd fit well there.

Post #2   7/16/08 1:29:59PM   

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yes this a must win for both but i think that if they put on a good show it will briong them back. but i agree with the coment about the wec except i think they both could benifit from a time there JT already showed his immaturity and cb imo has also but they both also showed great skill with a little more higher lever exp i think they both will be ufc big names within a year or to

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I still think cb has all the tools to be a very good fighter, he is just very raw right now. he should be able to handle jesse and hopefully the ufc brings him along slowly so he can develop. same goes with amir.

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I agree cb has all the tools to be a great fighter, but Jesse was very good on the show, and I would have picked him to beat amir, jesse by UD.

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I just dont see how Jesse can beat C.B at this point. I mean, Jesse used his wrestling to get to the final of the show and didnt show much else, and i think C.B has the better wrestling. Jesses main advantage is going to be his gas tank. Guy seems to be able to go 3 rounds without to much trouble, havent been able to say the same thing about C.B.

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CB is a spoiled punk Taylor his gonna grind him into the mat for 3 rounds to win a decision.

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Posted by Twenty20Dollars

I think it's a must win for jesse and CB, yet im going to pick jesse because i can't stand CB. Send him to WEC he'd fit well there.

Post #8   7/17/08 1:59:44AM   

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I'd hate to say it guys. Becuase I don't like CB myself. But, I see him stuffing Jesse's takedowns and picking him apart on his feet. I say CB gets a 2nd round TKO.

Post #9   7/17/08 5:39:21PM