The feature bout of the UFC 166 FS1 prelims showed Tim Boetsch (17-6) edging out C.B. Dollaway (13-5) in a close-fought split decision. Boetsch recovered from a two fight skid and improved to 5-2 in the Middleweight division. Dolloway lost for the first time in two years, dropping to 7-5 in the UFC.
Boetsch wanted to force an inside fight while Dollaway worked to counter on the outside. Both had success through the first round and Tim hit a mostly ineffective takedown. In both the first in second round CB did some weird showboating. After a quick exchange in round 2, Dollaway got the takedown. Boetsch scrambled out, rinse and repeat. Some good shots landed by Boetsch before a big takedown before the end of the round by Dollaway. Things got messy in the third when Dollaway landed two eyepokes. The ref took a point and they continued on. In the end, Boetsch got the nod when most thought it'd end in a draw at best.
What was the high point of the fight?
In the second round, Boetsch sated my thirst for knees to the body on the ground with a knee to Dollaway's shoulder from sprawl position.
Where do they go from here?
After losing his last two, this was a much needed win for Boetsch. He was originally scheduled to face Luke Rockhold at UFC 166 and I still think that's a good fight to make.
A lot of people felt Dollaway got robbed of the decision, and the two 30-26 scorecards seem like a big stretch. The loss definitely slows the momentum he had building with his two fight win streak, but shouldn't be a big setback. I wouldn't mind seeing him against Tom Watson in his next outing.
Watch it now, never, or later?
There were some fun moments, but overall not a great fight so I'd hold off on this one unless you have a thing for eyepokes.