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Exclusive Interview: ‘TUF 7′ Finalist CB Dollaway

(CBD, reppin’ the MTX Audio Fight Team.)

Pretty much everyone had CB Dollaway as a lock to get into the Ultimate Fighter 7 finale, and the former All-American wrestler from Arizona State seemed to have it clinched on last night’s episode, kicking Amir Sadollah‘s ass all over the Octagon. And then it happened — an armbar in the third round put a shocking end to the fight, and seemed to derail Dollaway’s dreams of making it into the UFC. Good thing Jesse Taylor can’t handle his liquor, because now the Team Rampage standout has a chance to battle Amir again, this time for all the marbles. Talk about drama. In this exclusive Q+A, Dollaway chats with CagePotato about his rematch with Sadollah, the drawbacks of having Rampage as a coach, Jesse Taylor, and the bullshit one has to endure when living in the TUF house.


CAGEPOTATO.COM: What do you think went wrong at the end of your semi-final match with Amir?
CB DOLLAWAY: I think conditioning came into play. We’d been fighting two-round fights previously, and it kind of slipped my mind that it was gonna be a three-round fight. Towards the end of the third round I was just exhausted, and I got sloppy. I wasn’t doing things right, and he was. He kept his composure and caught me in that armbar. I definitely think I was controlling the whole fight, and I believe I was ahead on the scorecards, but you have that mental lapse for a minute and the other guy capitalizes on it.

How confident are you that you’ll have him figured out when you fight him again?
Pretty confident. I believe I took care of the mistakes I made in the first match. I think it should be a similar fight, but with me winning at the end. He’s a hard competitor to finish — I already know that from fighting him once — so I’ve taken measures to make sure I’ll be in great condition.

What did you miss the most while you were trapped in the Ultimate Fighter house?
The freedom, I guess. We were told what to do and when to do it, and we didn’t have access to anything. You can’t call anyone, you can’t get on the Internet and browse around, you can’t go to the mall — you’re just there. In a sense, it’s like being in jail.

We’ve heard a lot about how some of the castmembers were made to look a certain way on the show through editing. Jeremy May says he wasn’t really that much of an asshole. Amir told us the “confessional” scenes involved very leading questions. How accurately do you think you were portrayed on the show?
It seemed like they portrayed me to be a cocky asshole, and I’m not really like that. I just want to be confident and I don’t want to put negative thoughts in my head before I fight. They basically edit out everything you say except for the parts where you’re being confident…

Or when you’re referring to yourself in third-person.

Yeah, I did that twice the whole time I was there, probably, and they put ‘em back to back. And they kind of set you up for that too, they’re like “What does CB Dollaway want right now?” They lead you into things, and you don’t really notice it at the time. They’ll ask you the same question ten different ways to get ten different responses.

Is Jeremy May a monumental asshole in real life?
Yeah. I was one of the guys who kind of held out on thinking he was a prick — he was still on my team so I thought I’d give the guy a chance. But some of things he said and did would blow your mind, and there’s certain things he did that they didn’t even show. One time, he told Dante he was tooling me in sparring — the only time we ever sparred, I kicked him in the leg a few times and he never practiced again, the whole show. So he tells Dante that, and then they asked me about it in the confessional, and I went off. He gets called in there, and then he comes up and he’s like “Did I get drunk and say I was kicking your ass in sparring? Because that never happened.” And I was like “Yeah, I fuckin’ know.”

How would you rate Rampage as a coach?
I think he’s still got a lot of learning to do as a coach. I don’t know if he was taking it as seriously as Forrest was. Forrest had been there before. His experience on The Ultimate Fighter helped out a lot, and he brought in a much larger coaching staff, which helped give guys more individual time with coaches. We just had Rampage, Juanito [Ibarra] and Zach [Light], and Forrest had like six coaches on his team. Rampage is definitely a successful fighter, but it’s just something that was new to him.

Do you still hang out with anybody from the show?
Yeah, Matt Riddle moved to Arizona, so I see him on a daily basis. Gerald Harris is moving down there, and he’ll be training out of our gym too. And I also keep in touch with Pat Schultz. He’s a cool guy, and I get along with him good.

If you beat Amir, who would you like your next UFC fight to be against?
I’d actually like to fight Jesse Taylor. No matter if I win or if Amir wins, there’s gonna be a lot of people saying neither one of us should have won and Jesse should have. So I think whoever wins needs to take that fight, if Dana wants to make it happen.

Since it’s still so early in your career, have you had to work another job on the side to make ends meet?
I haven’t had to work even before I went on the show, because I’m on the MTX Audio MMA Fight Team. They sponsor us on a monthly basis, and they pay me enough so that I don’t have to work. They’re looking to make fighters better, and they know you have to train twice a day to get to the elite level; they’re providing me with all the tools I need. I can’t do it for this fight, but for every other fight I strictly have MTX on my banner and all my trainers and cornermen will have MTX stuff on. They’re a great company for mixed martial arts.

What do you do for a good time when you’re not training?
I like to go out to Lake Pleasant and Lake Havasu for holidays and stuff. I just picked up a new Honda Waverunner, though I haven’t been able to use it as much as I’d like — I don’t want to risk getting hurt on it right before the fight.

Well, that’s all I have. Is there anything or anybody you want to shout-out before we sign off?
I’d just like to plug LG Sports Marketing, Arizona Combat Sports, and MTX Audio one more time.

(Ben Goldstein)

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alan- June 19, 2008 at 10:26 am
God i fucking hates his face and everthing about him....hope he gets caught in an armbar again or ktfo
fightfan- June 19, 2008 at 7:01 am
I rewatched the Amir/Cb fight 3 times now. If Amir can prevent takedowns and therefore 4 minutes and lay n pray each round, Amir WILL beat the piss out of CB, especially if he IS NOT ready to go ALL OUT for 15 minutes!!!

Even the cut the opened up Amir ws a glancing elbow and hurt about as much as a jab does. Other than that CB layerd on top of Amir on did hardly nothing.

Good luck Amir and I hope you beat the upside down bucktooth, arrogant ALREADY BEATEN sob relentlessly!!! I pray it doesnt go to a decision, because you know unless you win 10-8 every round you will lose a decision

Oh it was nice for CB to stop by the site and see how the majority of people feel about him(poster teen make retarded statments, nice try CB)
KTFO- June 19, 2008 at 6:51 am
You wishy-washy bunch of sheep are so easily led by the shepards. The next thing you know they'll do an interview with Jeremy May and everyone will be standing in line waiting to hug up on his nuts. CB is a fuckmouth FOR LIFE!!.
tallsforeverybody- June 19, 2008 at 1:48 am
If Amir can improve his takedown defense (which was all but absent in the first fight) then he'll punish CB.

Good for CB, he did what he had to do and took advantage of his opportunity, but I thought really showed very little in those last two fights.

Too bad Jessy had to learn such a horrible lesson on what should have been his best day as a fighter...but Dana was right about him not being mentally ready...he should extend that same message to some of the other knucle heads that run through that organization.
CB be CB and CB be Good- June 19, 2008 at 1:13 am
Fuck even mention yourself in third person ONCE let alone as many times as he did and you're a fucking douche. Leading questions or not, only the Rock can get away with that shit.

Amir is a great example of what fighters should act like - humble and does his talking with his fighting.
Frankenstein- June 19, 2008 at 12:29 am
ahh yes Frankenstein still remembur when he bone yor mom.then we had you our little cb...why you no call Frankenstein for fathers day?
Chris J- June 19, 2008 at 12:17 am
Good points TMRC, but don't write Amir off completely. CB isn't the only one getting top flight training, and Amir has already seen what he's got. He'll be prepared, and I stand my prediction. Amir in the second by rear naked choke.
teens make retarded comments- June 18, 2008 at 11:58 pm
How many of the hater comments were made by teens? Just a simple Q.
CB is not at all the way the show made him appear .. he's really quiet, and not cocky, or arrogant at all in person. It's like anything else that is Reality TV... they edit, take comments completely out of context, or as CB himself said ... they lead you in the questioning.

IMO CB will either stop Amir late, or win a dominate decision this time. I know he's learned from his mistakes, and will also benefit from the better training and guidance at AZ CC for this fight.
Kim Couture is a cunt- June 18, 2008 at 11:15 pm
He sounded better there, isn't such a goof. He is gonna get fed in the show though, absolutly worked over. C level fighter.
adbyrd77- June 18, 2008 at 10:53 pm
I think he's got a lot of talent, though it definitely needs to get polished up a little. He's one of the quickest, most explosive guys I've seen on the show in the last few seasons. However, why does he always have that "somebody's waving a pile of dogshit under my nose" facial expression?
Chris J- June 18, 2008 at 9:55 pm
He'll be fighting a bigger, meaner Amir. He's gonna have his work cut out, that's for sure. GnP didn't work last time he tried it, he got his arm cranked. Amir by RNC, second round.
wandyisking- June 18, 2008 at 9:08 pm with fightfan, but i did earn a little of respect for CB in this interview, but I am most definitely rooting for Amir because of his unique style and the size of his heart...i love watching this kid fight and look at the ladder he climbed to get where he is on the show...he has a great personality for the sport and i only hope he can be the one recognized as the seasons Ultimate Fighter....touche!!
B-tard- June 18, 2008 at 7:27 pm
I wasn't impressed by anything that he showed in either fight. nothing made me think this guy might be fighting for a belt in the next couple years.
the king- June 18, 2008 at 7:13 pm
he lost to amir because hes not as good period. aside from good takedown ability what has this guy shown to get "golden" treatment? hes a typical Lay and Pray fighter.
Anonymous- June 18, 2008 at 6:31 pm
I'm glad he at least recognizes that his conditioning and endurance need work. He lost the Amir fight because he gassed and started making mistakes and he gassed again during his fight against Tim Creduer.

If he can improve his conditioning, I think he has the thing in the bag.
fightfan- June 18, 2008 at 6:26 pm
Still not impressed at all with him, sorry.

He still acts likes he is SUPOSSED to be where he is. Even when he was invited back, all he had to say was "what a relief" and "now he can avenge his loss". He never mentioned how grateful he was to get a second chance, even though he was ELIMINATED???

Now he has Amir all figured out? And no matter what people are going to think about Jesse winning? He better quit thinking about others and start thinking about working on some cardio so you dont gas out in rd 2. Or work on beating the guy with the 0 -0 record who already made you quit???

Sorry but if you are goign to talk about yourself in the third person and talk like your shit dont stink, AT LEAST be able to back it up. CB is far from there to be that cocky and arrogant.

Tim, on the other hand is pure class and has a good record. but does feel the need to act like CB does. Even though CB barely made it by TIm. Tim showed who was the better man
the king- June 18, 2008 at 6:25 pm
hes a prick and I hope he goes down in flames. Last night his win made my put my fist in the wall. Hes a bitch
AHS- June 18, 2008 at 6:23 pm
Yeah, CB may not be as big of a douche as we've been lead to believe. And he's right that fighters have to get really confident, or, dare I say it, arrogant when it comes to fighting. You've got to be convinced that you're going to beat the everlivin shit out of the guy across the ring.

I guess only time will tell if CB is not as big of a dick as the show would have us believe.
cw- June 18, 2008 at 6:15 pm
It's cool you let these guys mention their sponsors. I imagine these guys are able to eat three meals a day and put on great shows for us is cos' of their sponsors.
Doph- June 18, 2008 at 6:14 pm
Yes, CB is good now. Damn I hate falling for the editors' BS.
Ouch! that hurts- June 18, 2008 at 6:03 pm
After that I kinda don't hate him as much.