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C.B. Dollaway vs. Mike Massenzio close to being finalized for UFC 92

A bout between middleweight prospects C.B. Dollaway and Mike Massenzio for UFC 92 on December 27 in Las Vegas has been verbally agreed to by parties representing both fighters.

A source close to Massenzio’s Team Bomb Squad revealed the news to over the weekend.

The source indicated that thus far, only verbal agreements pertaining to the matchup have been secured but that bout agreements could be finalized over the course of the next several days.

Both Massenzio and Dollaway are outstanding college wrestlers who once competed against each other on the Junior College level. Dollaway defeated Massenzio head-to-head during a tournament bout early in their college careers and Massenzio increased his training in hopes of winning a rematch the following year.

While Massenzio reached the finals of the tournament the next year, he was denied a shot at redemption after Dollaway had been eliminated prior to the final round. Since that time, Massenzio has searched for a chance to rematch Dollaway and it appears he may finally get that opportunity at UFC 92 in a bout contested under MMA rules.

Dollaway, a runner-up during the seventh season of the The Ultimate Fighter, is 7-1 overall in his professional MMA career and 1-1 while competing inside of the Octagon. After losing to Amir Sadollah in the TUF 7 finale this past June, Dollaway returned on short notice at UFC Fight Night 14 in July where he submitted fellow TUF 7 alum Jesse Taylor with a Peruvian necktie at 3:58 of round 1.

Massenzio is considered one of the greatest freestyle wrestlers to ever come out of the state of New Jersey and is 11-2 overall in his pro MMA career. He made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 15 last month, submitting Drew McFedries with a Kimura at 1:28 of round 1.

In addition to being former standout wrestlers in college, Dollaway and Massenzio both come from up-and-coming MMA camps. Dollaway trains under under Trevor and Todd Lally out of Arizona Combat Sports, which is also home to fighters such as TUF 8’s Ryan Bader and WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner. Massenzio is a part of Team Bombsquad, currently one of the top camps on the East Coast with over 40 fighters training under Ryan Ciotoli, inclduing UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones and the WEC’s John Franchi.

  • portland mma says:

    Also Drew Fickett of ACS until he had a mental breakdown the other day.

  • KTru says:

    C.B. is in trouble with this fight

  • Tim says:

    They left out Tamden McRory off the list of fighters from Team Bomb Squad. That camp is growing in recognized fighters..

    Go Ryan !!

  • bryan says:

    cb all the way

  • john says:

    I used to wrestle in Bergen County, NJ, and mike massenzio was the best high school wrestler i ever saw, he simply never lost. If his striking and submissions become as good as his wrestling he could be the next champ. I really think he is going to be a star in the UFC

  • justin says:

    i train with mike and let me tell you his jiu jitsu is top notch along with his outstanding wrestling. i think cb is overmatched

  • R-smooth says:

    cb is going to get rocked without a doubt mike has too much power and skill for him trust me i also train with him and been around alot of tough guys

  • KTru says:

    I trained before and seen Mike fight so I know how much C.B. is in trouble

  • Bad Monkey says:

    Peruvian Necktie coming at ya!!!! Nah, seriously though, this should be a good fight. Massenzio looked very good against McFedries. It should be real interesting to see since you know they both want to go to the ground and see who’s got the best game on the mat.

  • Erik says:

    CB without a doubt is going to get destroyed by mike, he has a score to settle and its going to be the fight of the night… Straight out of dirty jerzzzzz


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