After a highly impressive performance at UFC Fight Night 38, surging middleweight C.B. Dollaway will get the opportunity to test himself against top-10 opposition in his next fight. He will square off against Francis Carmont in the co-main event of Fight Night Berlin on May 31. Carmont will be looking to get back into the win column after suffering a loss his last time out against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at Fight Night 36.
Dollaway turned in an explosive effort in Brazil by stunning Cezar Ferreira in just 39 seconds. The finish completely silenced what had been a raucous crowd that was firmly behind the former TUF Brazil winner. Dollaway blasted “Mutante” with a powerful left hook and right hand before raining down blows on his dazed opponent until the fight was stopped. It was his first knockout victory since 2008.
“The Doberman” has been steadily improving and has won three of his last four fights. That lone setback was a controversial decision loss at the hands of Tim Boetsch at UFC 166. Dollaway is turning into a fighter to watch in the middleweight division now that he’s showcased some serious punching power to accompany his strong wrestling background. He’s compiled an 8-5 Octagon record since joining the organization back in Season 7 of The Ultimate Fighter.
The no.9 ranked Carmont will be looking to begin another major win streak after having an 11-bout unbeaten run snapped by Souza. It was the first Octagon setback for “Limitless” after six straight victories. Carmont is a tremendously strong, physical fighter who has shown an ability to grind out victories. His style has never been deemed as the most fan-friendly to watch but nonetheless is effective.
The Tristar Gym fighter had some decent moments in the bout against “Jacare”, who is one of the division’s elite fighters. He will be highly motivated to turn in a solid bounce-back effort and is more than capable of dealing with whatever Dollaway brings to the table. Carmont has 16 career finishes by knockout or submission in 22 career wins although his trend in the UFC has been to go the distance.
This is an important matchup for both competitors as they hope to continue making strides in the 185-pound weight class. The winner will move on to bigger things while the loser will see their stock take a negative hit.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports