The co-main event of UFC Fight Night in Berlin featured top 10 middleweight Francis Carmont against the surging C.B. Dollaway, who was fighting for the 2nd time in a shade over 2 months. Carmont was coming off a loss to "Jacare" while Dollaway had flattened Cezar Ferreira in Brazil. Plenty on the line for both guys on a night filled with middleweight action.
Round 1 started with both men trading low kicks, but halfway through the first frame Dollaway threw a short left hook that dropped Carmont and had him in trouble. Carmont was leaning back at the time of the punch and Dollaway was unable to get the finish. The two returned to their feet after Carmont survived the onslaught without looking wobbly or badly hurt. Carmont scored with some quality body kicks and then took Dolaway down late in the round, only to be reversed before the horn sounded. The 1st round also featured plenty of taunting from both men.
Carmont continued his leg kick onslaught in the 2nd round, but Dollaway still managed to take Carmont down. The Frenchman went for a kimura on two separate occasions but wasn't in an advantageous position to lock it in on either attempt. Dollaway maintained his positional superiority and tried to choke out Carmont before the round ended but it wasn't threatening at all.
Despite the early knockdown, Carmont was getting the better of Dollaway in the striking but couldn't stop the takedowns of the Arizona State wrestler. Dollaway had a cut above his left eye but otherwise wasn't in serious trouble. He gained full mount briefly on Carmont and rained down some elbows on his last takedown as he soundly outwrestled and outgrappled Carmont.
Official Result: C.B. Dollaway def. Francis Carmont via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Dollaway (16-6) has won 4 of his last 5, and even his loss vs. Tim Boetsch is considered highly questionable. He's earned a fight against someone in the top 10. Carmont (22-9) has lost 2 in a row after a 6-0 start to his UFC career.