As CB Dolloway prepares to swap fists with Michael Bisping this Saturday at UFC 186, there’s a different narrative tied to the middleweight, in comparison to his last outing.
Before Dolloway was set to fight Lyoto Machida in December, “The Doberman” was coming off impressive wins over Francis Carmont and Cezar Ferreira, and had gone 4-1 in his last five fights. His only defeat during that stretch came against Tim Boetsch, which was a tightly contested, split decision. Thus, the talk was that if Dolloway could take out Machida on December 20th, the accomplished wrestler would begin 2015 in the title shot mix.
Well, as you likely recall, Machida landed a pounding kick to Dolloway’s body not long into the fight, and the latter was put away in 62 seconds. Recently, Dolloway spoke to MMA Junkie.com about his upcoming fight with Bisping, and while doing so, he admitted the following:
“I let a lot of stuff get to me, looking into what that fight could bring, and if I win, I’m one fight away from a title, or maybe I could get a title shot,” Dolloway said. “All this sh-t and not worrying about fighting Lyoto. You’ve got to win first.”
“That fight, I had a lot of different nerves I don’t usually have,” he said. “I don’t think so much that it was Lyoto Machida; it was the pressure of, ‘I can win this, I’ve gotta win this fight,’ instead of just going out and just fighting.”
It’s got to be really hard to block out all the factors tied to a fight, and what a win might bring. You also don’t hear fighters admit very often if the pressure got to them.
While Dolloway’s looking to get back on the winning track against Bisping, there’s a lot riding on this fight for the latter. “The Count” is coming off a submission loss to Luke Rockhold and has dropped two of his last three fights. If the long time contender, who’s 36 now, hopes to stay in the title shot hunt, he’ll need a win on Saturday night as well.
UFC 186 will be hosted by the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. In the main event, flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson will take on Kyoji Horiguchi.