Ten TUF Questions: C.B. Dollaway on episode No. 12 of "TUF"
by Dann Stupp on Jun 19, 2008 at 6:07 pm ET
Each week we interview the latest cast member eliminated from "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampages vs. Team Forrest," but thanks to a bizarre episode of the reality series, this week we talked to an eliminated fighter -- who still managed to become a finalist.
On this past Wednesday's season-ending episode of "TUF," C.B. Dollaway suffered a tough-luck semifinal loss to Amir Sadollah -- only to get a second chance at the finals when Jesse Taylor's drunken rampage earned him his walking papers.
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) caught up with Dollaway two days before his live-finale rematch with Sadollah.
The two middleweights meet in Saturday's nationally televised event for the "TUF" title, a lucrative UFC contract, and an assortment of prizes.
Dollaway explains why Sadollah is such a tough opponent, why he never thought Taylor would be kicked off the show, his fight with Tim Credeur that gave him a second life, and what he expects for this Saturday's live finale.
MMAJUNKIE.COM: To start with, how did you end up on the show? Were you recruited, or did you got through the normal application process?
C.B. DOLLAWAY: My management team was calling and asking for them to look at me. I had a phone call with the producers that went well, and I was asked to apply. I went to Vegas for the interview process and did my best to impress them one last time.
We made a funny video about me to stand out to the producers. You can see it on my website (CB 'The Doberman' Dollaway | Home
). Here’s the thing: Trevor Lally forgot to turn the camera on for the paintball scene, so the first take was missed. They must have fired 200 paintballs at me to get that shot.
Anyway, [the producers] never really tell you that you made it. They just kind of get your information, and then you’re asked to report to Vegas.
MMAJUNKIE.COM: Heading into your fight with Amir Sadollah, were you comfortable with the match-up? You mentioned that he could be a bad opponent for you because of his style.
C.B. DOLLAWAY: Yeah, I had a lot of confidence going into this fight, but Amir showed a lot of heart and an iron will in every fight. He had beat guys that I considered to be tough to make it to the semifinals, so I had a ton of respect for him.
MMAJUNKIE.COM: What makes Amir, a guy with a 0-0 MMA record, so tough in a fight?
C.B. DOLLAWAY: It’s that durability and iron will.
MMAJUNKIE.COM: When you got home from the show, what were you feeling? Happy because you made it so far and would probably get to fight on the finale's undercard, or upset that you made it so close to the end?
C.B. DOLLAWAY: I discuss this in my blog (which runs tomorrow), so I won’t go too deep into it. I was just tired and worn out and took a much-needed break. What I missed most was my trainers, my training partners and my girlfriend, so I was just happy to see them.
MMAJUNKIE.COM: Were you one of the guys who was with Jesse Taylor during the night of his rampage? Were you concerned that he could be kicked off the show because of it?
C.B. DOLLAWAY: I was in the limo with him. You can see me in the lobby telling him to calm down and chill. He was loud, and everyone was looking at him, and I knew it was a matter of time before security was going to come.
To me this incident happened after the show was wrapped. I thought that if he got arrested, it would not be good for him, but in no way did I think he would get kicked off the show.
MMAJUNKIE.COM: Now that you've had time to reflect on it, what did you think of Quinton Jackson as a coach? How much did he help you during your time on the show?
C.B. DOLLAWAY: Rampage is the worst basketball player on earth, but he is also one of the funniest and most endearing individuals you will ever meet.
However, as far as me judging him as a coach, can the best fighter at 205 (pounds) teach you things? Yes, inside and outside the ring. His experience and [assistant coach Juanito Ibarra’s] experience and knowledge were priceless gifts that all eight of us got to share.
It’s incredibly difficult to prepare eight guys for a fight that may or may not happen with opponents being one of eight other guys. I think he did the best he could with what he had to work with. My advice for future coaches is to ditch the strategy and borrow Forrest Griffin’s magical coin.
MMAJUNKIE.COM: When you were called back to Las Vegas, what were all the scenarios that went through your head? Were there any thoughts at all that you might be fighting?
C.B. DOLLAWAY: I thought we were going to a meeting to discuss the finals or talk about information control and how bad we would be punished if we leaked information. Never in a million years did I expect to hear that JT was out of the finals.
MMAJUNKIE.COM: You and Tim both seemed to a gas a bit by the second round. Was the fight just that tough, or was part of it the surprise of having to fight right away?
C.B. DOLLAWAY: We had about two weeks to get ready. I think we just both were throwing everything we had at each other. We wanted that second chance, and that took a lot out of us.
MMAJUNKIE.COM: What your thoughts on the fight with Tim? Did you expect it to go that way?
C.B. DOLLAWAY: Tim surprised me with his standup. He is a warrior, and I didn’t expect to walk through him, especially with a second chance at redemption on the line.
MMAJUNKIE.COM: What are your predictions for the finale? What have you been working on to prepare for Amir?
C.B. DOLLAWAY: I want to finish him quickly. That’s my plan. But I’ve just completed the toughest training camp of my life, so I’m ready for a three-round war.