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UFC 166 results: Tim Boetsch decisions C.B. Dollaway after foul-filled third

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The first two rounds of the UFC 166 middleweight bout between C.B. Dollaway and Tim Boetsch was a back-and-forth, hard-hitting affair, promising a memorable third round.

And it was. Just not in the way anyone envisioned.

Dollaway nailed Boetsch with a violent eye poke early in the third round, then caught him a second time soon thereafter.

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Dollaway was docked a point after the second infraction. But it turned out not to matter. Capping a strange but hard-hitting bout was an odd judges' scorecard. Boetsch win via split decision at Houston's Toyota Center on scores of 30-26, 27-29, and 30-26.

The Tempe, Ariz.-based Dollaway had his best round in the first, beating Boetsch to the punch early and often. By the late moments of the round, Dolloway was dropping his hands and taunting Boetsch.

Boetsch rallied in the second round, though, turning up the heat with his striking and working a standing guillotine and a Kimura at various points in the round.

The most blatant eye poke came early in the third round, which left Boetsch bleeding under his eye. Once things settled back down after the second poke, the back-and-forth action continued, with Boetsch working for a submission late but not quite landing it.

Dollaway dropped to 13-5 and had a two-fight win streak snapped. Boetsch (17-6) got back into the win column after losing to Costa Philippou and Mark Munoz.