C.B. Dollaway continued his impressive career resurgence by recording a unanimous decision victory over top-10 contender Francis Carmont at UFC Fight Night 41. The entertaining affair in Berlin produced a Performance of the Night bonus for Dollaway.
Dollaway has now won four of his last five fights, and if not for a controversial split decision loss to Tim Boetsch, the TUF 7 alum would actually be riding a five-fight win streak. The victory over the No.9 ranked Carmont proved Dollaway’s claims that he was ready for elite competition. Dollaway will be a tough assignment for any 185-pound competitor because of his strong wrestling and improved stand-up game. He’s definitely taken his overall game to another level.
The matchup against Carmont was a hotly-contested affair that left both competitors bloodied. Early in the opening round, Dollaway was on the receiving end of some solid leg kicks and right hands from the Tristar Gym product. However he would turn the tide at the midway point by landing a major left hook that would rock the French fighter. Dollaway delivered a flurry of follow-up strikes but Carmont was able to weather the storm. There was plenty of gamesmanship between the two fighters as the round came to an end.
The second and third rounds saw Carmont’s offense mostly negated by Dollaway’s strong wrestling game. He was able to secure takedowns and control the contest by mixing in some strikes from top position. In the end, the judges’ scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 all in favour of “The Doberman.” Dollaway improved his record to 15-5 and should be in line for another high-profile assignment in his next fight.
Meantime, Carmont, who had former UFC welterweight champion Georges St.Pierre in his corner, has now dropped his last two contests. “Limitless” was hoping to rebound after his lengthy win streak was snapped by Ronaldo Souza at Fight Night 36 in Brazil but is now likely to tumble out of the top-10 rankings after this latest setback.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for RantSports.com.