Fighter Focus: CB Dollaway

Chris Topher Bean Correspondent IMay 1, 2010

Everyone, at one point or another in their life, has the chance to do something monumental, something that will change their life and make things better and even help them achieve a dream.

For CB Dollaway, that dream was to become a fighter for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. 

CB Dollaway was introduced to the mainstream MMA fans when he appeared on the seventh season of the Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV. From the very beginning, it appeared that CB would be the one to win it all. He was one of the most well-rounded fighters on the show. He had the ability to strike and inflict damage and also hold his own on the ground with his wrestling abilities. 

CB went on to become the runner-up for the title of Ultimate Fighter when Amir Sadollah tapped him out with an arm-bar for a second time, the first time being in the semifinals of the show. The decision was controversial, but to anyone watching, it seemed as though CB did tap. 

Why else would he have been patting Amir's leg? 

But like anyone that puts on a great showing and shows that they have talent and potential, CB was given a contract with the UFC. CB's next fight would come when he was matched up against fellow TUF 7 alumni, Jesse Taylor. CB choked Taylor out in the opening minutes of the fight. He then went on to defeat Mike Massenzio by way of TKO in the first round. 

CB hit his first road block at UFC 100 when he was tapped out by tough competitor Tom Lawlor near the end of the opening round. CB has since gone on to defeat both Jay Silva and Goran Reljic. 

CB is another prime example of a wrestler that made the transition into MMA successfully. His fellow Arizona State wrestler, Ryan Bader, also made the transition well. CB came onto the Ultimate Fighter with good stand-up and a very good ground game. His stand-up was proof of his dedication to the sport of MMA, and his ground game was a product of achieving NCAA Division 1 All-American status at Arizona State. 

It can be said that CB Dollaway is one of the best up-and-coming fighters on the UFC's roster today. With wrestling ability and good stand-up, CB has the potential to become one of the UFC's major stars in the coming days.