He gives much of the credit for the knockout to spending the past couple of years under the tutelage of boxing coach Jose Benavidez Sr. Additional credit goes to being a little ticked off after his last fight.
Dollaway had won back-to-back bouts heading into his fight with Tim Boetsch at UFC 166. At the sound of the final horn, he thought he had made it a trifecta, but when the scorecards were read, Boetsch walked away with the split-decision nod.
“I did enough, I believe, to win that fight [with Boetsch],” Dollaway said after UFC Fight Night 38 on Fox Sports 1. “Coming into this one, I felt like I was riding a three-fight win streak and was getting more confidence in my hands, obviously, and looking to build upon it in the future.”
After showing much-improved boxing skills in his recent fights, and then taking out Ferreira with surgical precision, Dollaway is certainly adding a new weapon to his arsenal.
Despite an initial concern over one of his hands possibly being injured due to some swelling, it appears that his hand is okay, and Dollaway will be ready for a quick return if that’s what the UFC wants.
“The hand is good,” he said. “It’s ready to go, so whenever I can get back in there next I’m looking to do it.”
There’s no who, when, or where laid out for Dollaway yet, and he wasn’t ready to rattle off any names, but he wants to keep working his way towards the top of the division.
“I haven’t thought about [who I want to fight next],” said Dollaway. “I’m going to have to go home, sit down and look at the list, and see who the best match-up is. But once I find it, I’ll be calling them out.
“We’re gonna work our way into the Top 10 this year.”