A Defense of C.B. Dolloway in the Ultimate Fighter Finale

I have seen and heard a lot of upset people about C.B. Dolloway being in the TUF 7 finale.  Some people don’t feel he deserved a second chance since he already lost to Amir once.  This is not to argue whether Jesse should or should not have been booted.  The fact is he was.  The decision had to be made as to who would fight Amir in the finals.  I believe the right final is in place and C.B. deserves it.  Let me tell all you haters why…

1. C.B. Dolloway was the best fighter in the house.  Most people would agree that C.B. was the favorite all the way through the show from start to finish.  That does not mean he should be given a free fight or a pass, but he was the best.  Remember, TUF is not just a tournament it is about finding the best fighter.  The best, however does not always win.  I am not saying there were not other guys who were good or could have beaten C.B. (Amir did beat him), but overall I still think C.B. was the best fighter and most people would agree with that point.  Like it or not out of all the guys from this season, the “most likely to suceed in the UFC” award would have to go to C.B.

2. C.B. made it to the semi-finals.  He wasn’t handed anything.  I do think Amir had a much tougher road to the finals.  Amir had to beat Gerald Harris, Matt Brown, and C.B. Dolloway to get the finals.  He earned it hands down.  Amir beat arguablly 3 of the top 5 or 6 guys in the house.  C.B. got to the semis by beating Nick Klein and Cale Yarbrough.  He earned a semi spot. 

3.  He fought for the spot on the finals.  The spot against Amir was not just given to the president’s pet.  They brought in Tim Credeur and C.B. Dolloway.  They did not just pick C.B. to take the spot, although they could have and it still would have been fair.  I am sure when thinking about who Taylor’s replacement would be the choice was between Tim Credeur and C.B. Dolloway.  They were the top two guys going in and they both proved themselves.  They were both number one picks.

4.  The C.B. vs. Amir fight sells.  The re-match concept sells.  The revenge concept sells. C.B. sells.  Amir sells.  They are both fairly popular or polarizing in C.B.’s case.  C.B. and Amir put on the best shows out of the guys in the house.  They are exciting and fast paced.  Amir’s fights were awesome.  He proved incredible toughness.  He endured beatings and pulled out wins out of no where.  He was getting beat in all his fights (excpet maybe with Matt Brown) and managed to win.  C.B.’s fight with Amir and his fight with Tim Credeur to get to the finals were awesome.  They were perhaps two of the best fights not just of the season, but also of TUF history. 

5. C.B. fought well against Amir. I know many people argue he shouldn’t have another shot against Amir because Amir already beat him.  I know fans have grown to like Amir because he was the underdog.  I honestly believe the fear of C.B. coming in to fight Amir a second time is that C.B. will win and should win.  However, let us not forget that C.B. was beating Amir.  Amir won a come from behind victory.  I am not taking anything away from Amir, he won and won fair and square.  A win is a win.  I know you cannot really play what ifs, however if the fight had gone two more minutes and gone to a decision C.B. would have won by unanimous decision 30-27.  I know it didn’t happen that way, but he still fought well and is a worthy opponent for Amir.

6. Honestly, who else was it going to be?  Matt Brown?  Amir already beat him too.  C.B. would be a better choice than him.  Dan Cramer?  Tim Credeur already beat him, so he wasn’t the best choice?  Dante Rivera?  He looked horrible against Jesse Taylor and barely beat Brandon Sene.  C.B. or Tim would be a better pick than him.  Cale Yarbrough?  C.B. beat him badly, so C.B. deserved the finals more than him.  Someone who didn’t win their first round fight?  Jeremy May? Ha!  Gerald Harris?  Nick Klein? Mike Dolce? Matthew Riddle?  Come on.  The two options were Tim and C.B. and rather than just pick one of them, they fought for the spot and C.B. won.

Bottom line, everyone who think C.B. Dolloway shouldn’t be in the finals needs to get over it and be rational about it.  Like it or not he earned it just as much as Amir.  Perhaps you don’t like C.B., perhaps you think he is too cocky, and you have that right.  If that is the case root for Amir in the finale, but don’t be ignorant and say he didn’t deserve it.  That is just hating on a guy who was and is the most talented fighter of the season. 

Please, discuss this in the comments section.  I am open for debate and want to have more discussion on here.  Voice your thoughts even if you disagree with me, or maybe I converted you!!!  Anyways, comment below and let’s talk about a polarizing subject.  I’d really like to know why so many people don’t like C.B.  Did he rub you the wrong way?  Is it that you root for the underdog and hate the favorite?


4 Responses

  1. I agree with what you are saying. I only wished it were someone else other than CB, I wanted to see amir fight against someone else. Fortunately it’s moot anyway since Amir owned him both times.

  2. I rooted for CB the whole time, I went to school with him, he’s pretty Cool.

  3. I was disappointed in his finale performance. He said he was going to keep it standing, perhaps he should have

  4. i compltetly agree with you i actually like cb sure he was a little full of him self but who isnt when ur the best around plus he was no jeremy may and i just hope that dana sees how good of a fight cb is and gives him another shot maby in another tuf or in some other ufc events

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