Dollaway, Velasquez Claim Impressive Wins on UFC Fight Night

July 23, 2008

GALLERY: UFC Fight Night

TEMPE, Ariz. - With a national television audience and full house at the Pearl inside the Palms in Las Vegas, Nev., watching, a pair of former All-American wrestlers at Arizona State University put on impressive displays as both C.B. Dollaway and Cain Velasquez dispatched of their opponents in the first round on UFC Fight Night last Saturday.

Up first on the show televised live by Spike TV was Dollaway, the runner-up on the recent Ultimate Fighter 7 series. Fighting at 185 pounds, `The Doberman' faced former fellow Pac-10 wrestler and All-American (at CS Fullerton) Jesse Taylor in a battle at 185 pounds. Both men came out looking for a takedown to work their skilled wrestling game into the equation with Taylor, who was a finalist on TUF 7, taking early control. But, Dollaway, who defeated Taylor three times in college, used a slick reversal to take control of Taylor's back before working his way into a win at 3:58 by submission via a peruvian necktie. The win pushed Dollaway's record to 8-1 overall and gave him his first victory in the UFC.

Two bouts later, the heavyweights took to the Octagon with Velasquez meeting Jake O'Brien. Billed as a match-up of two of the up-and-coming fighters in the heavyweight division, both came out looking to throw punches before Velasquez took O'Brien, a former wrestler at Purdue, to the mat and started working his ground game. On the mat, Velasquez locked his opponent in a crucifix and began to strike his opponent until the referee stepped into to stop the fight, giving Velasquez his second UFC win and a 4-0 record with a technical knockout at 2:02.

Sun Devil head coach Thom Ortiz was on hand for both fights and cornered Velasquez during his victory. The eighth-year head coach was not only on hand to assist the heavyweight with the wrestling aspect of his opponent, but to also further spread the word about saving ASU wrestling.

'It was great to be on hand to see both Cain and C.B. win,' Ortiz said. 'They both have a bright future ahead of them. Not only are they improving their skills as fighters and using their wrestling backgrounds to succeed, but they are also getting the ASU name out there. People know what ASU wrestling has been about and what we are trying to do by endowing our program. I think it is great we can continue to help each other reach our goals by helping them continue to succeed in the cage while also saving ASU wrestling and growing it stronger for the future.'

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