UFC on FX 7 results: CB Dollaway edges Daniel Sarafian in barnburner

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

When the UFC on FX 7 fight card was released, the announcement of C.B. Dollaway vs. Daniel Sarafian as a co-main event seemed a curious choice. Dollaway has been very inconsistent during his time in the promotion while Sarafian is a virtual unknown outside of Brazil.

As it turns out, it was a great call.


More Coverage: UFC on FX 7 Results | UFC news
Download MMA Fighting iPhone App


The two fought the night's most closely contested and grueling bout, going to a three-round decision that saw Dollaway edge out the win. To the end, it was close, as Dollaway took a split decision by scores of 29-28, 29-28, 28-29.

"Daniel is a lot tougher than I anticipated," the exhausted American said afterward. "His wrestling was really good. He defended my takedowns easily. It surprised me. My hat's off to him.

The partisan crowd at the Ibirapuera Arena in Sao Paulo jeered the decision, but it was hardly clear-cut either way.

Dollaway clearly had the fight's most dominant moments, nearly finished Sarafian in the final seconds of the second round. As Sarafian went low, Dollaway perfectly timed an uppercut, catching Sarafian as he neared. Sarafian went to a knee and Dollaway swarmed, breaking out his high-powered offense in hunting for the finish. Sarafian looked to be in big trouble and ref Mario Yamasaki was taking a close look but Sarafian did just enough to keep the fight going and he was ultimately saved by the bell.

Sarafian had won the first, so everything was on the line in the final five minutes, and the two fought like it. It was a whirlwind of a round, with knockdowns, takedowns, dominant positions and reversals.

Neither man seemed sure of victory at the final horn, but it's possible that Dollaway's superior output and late takedown was the difference, even though he was later reversed.

According to FightMetric, Dollaway out-landed Sarafian 73-41 overall.

Dollaway is now 13-4 while Sarafian fell to 7-3 in his official UFC debut.

More from MMA Fighting

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker