Dollaway: UFC 203 elevator incident left permanent damageGet the Full StoryThe Doberman made his light heavyweight debut for the UFC last July, against Ed Herman, but despite winning the fight he s returning to 185. And the reason? Ongoing issues with a back injury suffered in 2016. After a streak of bad performances in 2014-15, C.B. Dollaway seemed poised to reinvent himself. The 6 2 career middleweight packed on some extra muscle with the hopes of making a run in the increasingly shallow light heavyweight division. His debut was to take place on September 10th, 2016, against Francimar Barroso at UFC 203.
Only, things didn t work out that way.
On the day of the event, Dolloway and several other UFC fighters got stuck in an elevator at a Wyndham Hotel in Cleveland, OH. Witnesses at the time report that the lift plunged three floors before finally coming to a stop. While most of the occupants were unharmed, Dollaway was not so lucky.
The Doberman suffered a back injury in the fall. And despite recovering well enough to beat Ed Herman at the TUF Redemption Finale, ten months later, it s an injury that s never quite properly healed.
There s permanent damage, Dollaway told MMA Fighting. There s no way to it s irreversible, essentially. I could go try to do a surgery or something, but my doctors have been like, Yeah, I wouldn t recommend it, because they don t know how that s going to turn out. So it just is what it is, you know?
Beyond the pain, weight-loss from the time he spent recuperating is eventually why Dollaway s decided to head back down to his original division. Maybe not permanently, but at least until he can get back to 205 in a way that s healthy.
It just depends if I put the size back on, which, I imagine I will, Dollaway said of a potential return to light heavyweight. It s just going to take a little time. Putting on 10 or 15 pounds of muscle, it s hard, especially with high cardio and everything we do. But yeah, I fought that fight there in July and I just didn t feel the same as I did before. Like, when I had originally moved up, I felt big, strong, I feel good. Then this time when I went in there, I didn t feel like myself at that weight, so I was like it s probably better to go back down to middleweight.
I just want to make sure I m healthy, he added. At the end of the day, I m not going to walk away from this sport with millions and millions of dollars, most likely, so you ve got to make sure your body s good when you leave the sport. I m not going to rush back in and get permanently injured even more, so I ve got to look out for myself a little bit.
In the meantime, the Power MMA product has entered litigation against the hotel chain, for the injury he sustained, as a result of the elevator s mechanical failure. Maybe if all goes well there he can still end up with a sizable chunk of change.
Dolloway faces Hector Lombard in a middleweight bout on March 3rd, at UFC 222, in Las Vegas, NV. The event is expected to be headlined by a women s featherweight title fight between champion Cris Cyborg and challenger Yana Kunitskaya. A featherweight top contender s bout between Frankie Edgar and Brian Ortega is set for the co-main event.