by Brian Lopez-Benchimol – MMAWeekly.com
Season seven finalist C.B. Dollaway has made the most of his post Ultimate Fighter career.
Having gone 2-0 since the finale, he has defeated both Mike Massenzio via TKO and TUF veteran Jesse Taylor via submission, inside of the first round.
Going for his third win in a row, and third straight inside the UFC since losing to eventual show winner Amir Sadollah in the finals, Dollaway will take on another TUF veteran in the colorful and infamous Tom Lawlor.
Though Dollaway is more decorated, both he and Lawlor have extensive high school and collegiate wrestling backgrounds, which have contributed a lot to their success respectively in their mixed martial arts careers thus far.
Gearing up for one of his toughest challenges to date and yet again another wrestler, you would think Dollaway would have a specific gameplan going in, but he knows all too well that “once you’re out there gameplans change.”
Originally from the quiet upbringings of Kalamazoo, Mich., “The Doberman” made a name for himself in his new home of Arizona, where he has paired up with a team on the rise in Arizona Combat Sports.
AZCS is now home to some of the better athletes and competitors in the UFC today including TUF 8 winner Ryan Bader and former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit. With names like that, it’s not hard to believe that Dollaway has made a lot of improvement, which he will look to utilize in his next fight.
“I really think I’ve turned the corner a little bit for this fight. I definitely want to go out there and showcase some of my new skills,” he explained.
Now with the spotlight shining on him, the AZCS product will now be set in familiar territory, once again adorning the spot of the favorite going into his bout against Lawlor.
Though conscious of the fact, he knows full well that an expanded ego can lead to precarious situations. He chooses to rise above that.
“I just kind of focus on the fight. You start playing into all that stuff and you start getting a big head or something like that and if you start not taking your training seriously, things can happen. So you just gotta focus on the task at hand.”
Still unproven in the Octagon, Lawlor will look to take the wind out of Dollaway’s sails at the historic UFC 100 event on Saturday night in Las Vegas, but the Ultimate Fighter runner-up will have none of it, taking into account that his opponent possesses an attribute, a desire to go in and make a name for himself, which can be just as dangerous as any fight in itself.
“I got used to that in my freshman year of college. I won a national title in the junior college ranks and the next year, it just seemed like everyone got a lot tougher, and basically when that happens, we get everyone that’s the best match, the champion, or the bigger name, so obviously I’m sure he’s training harder for this fight and definitely looking to come out and prove something. I definitely have to take him serious.”