After having a lengthy win streak snapped in his last Octagon appearance, Francis Carmont will look to rebound this weekend at UFC Fight Night 41 in Berlin against C.B. Dollaway. Dollaway’s stock in the middleweight division has been on the upswing thanks to some solid recent performances.
Carmont saw his 11-fight unbeaten streak come to an end at Fight Night 36 against dangerous title-contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. “Limitless” gave a solid account of himself against the explosive Brazilian but ended up tasting defeat for the first time in his seven-fight UFC stint. Carmont did become the first fighter in six contests to last the distance against Souza, and now he hopes to produce a strong bounce-back effort against Dollaway.
The No. 9 ranked Tristar Gym product has produced 16 of his 22 career wins by knockout or submission. Since joining the promotion, Carmont has proven to be a fighter with a varied striking attack who mostly relies on his superior strength in the grappling department. He has a grinding style and has netted just two finishes in his six UFC triumphs. He holds notable victories against Costas Philippou, Lorenz Larkin and Tom Lawlor.
Dollaway has seemingly taken his game to another level since joining the promotion during Season 7 of The Ultimate Fighter. He’s a veteran of 13 Octagon appearances and has showcased improved striking skills. In his last effort, Dollaway picked apart Cezar Ferreira, blasting him out in a mere 39 seconds at Fight Night 38 in Brazil. The stunning knockout was Dollaway’s first since 2008.
He’s won of three of his last four bouts, with that lone defeat coming via a controversial split decision against Tim Boetsch. “The Doberman” has proclaimed himself ready to test himself against top-10 competition, and he will get that opportunity against Carmont. While Dollaway has a strong wrestling background, it’ll be put to the test against his physically imposing opponent.
This shapes up as a meaningful matchup in the 185-pound division. Both competitors believe they have the skills to start making some major noise. The winner should land another high-profile bout moving forward, while the loser will tumble down the middleweight ladder.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports