Dollaway Admits to Tap, Sort of

Written by Tom Ngo
June 24th, 2008

C.B. Dollaway decided to put an end to the “controversy” in which is bout ended, sort of.  Dollaway was not only the first pick by TUF Coach Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, but he was also an early favorite to win the show. After posting one impressive victory after another, it was almost a certainty that he would earn himself the six-figure contract with the UFC. That was until Amir Sadollah had something to say about it, twice.

Midway through the 1stRound of The Ultimate Fighter Final, Dollaway found himself in the same predicament that Sadollah caught him in at the semi-finals. He had dominate top position, however the wrestler’s inexperience in Brazilian Jui jitsu once again found himself on the wrong side of an armbar. In fact, Sadallah’s craftiness caught Dollaway in the exact same armbar, on the exact same arm as before.

Just as Dollaway was going to tap, he realized that he was in a position to escape. However, he had already tapped Sadollah on the thigh once and referee Herb Dean immediately stepped in to stop the fight. His indecisiveness came a slip second too late and the fight was rightfully over.

“With the tap, I didn’t fully commit to the tap, but I did hit him once,” said Dollaway.  “I guess they ruled that a tap.  I thought you had to go on and start tapping out.  I did hit him once.  Right as I did that, I felt my arm get into a position where I could get out.  At that point Herb ruled it as a tap out.”

Afterwards, Dollaway was clearly more disappointed in himself than of Dean’s decision to stop the fight.
“It’s kind of a crappy way for it to end for me after putting in all the hard work, training and everything for this fight,” said the 24-year-old.  “I would have at least liked to have went a few more rounds.  Having it end so quick is just a disappointment.”

He’ll clearly be back, however, he needs to look out for those armbars.

(Picture courtesy of UFC.com)

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