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C.B. Dollaway expected to return at UFC 92 vs. Jorge Rivera

A middleweight bout between C.B. Dollaway and Jorge Rivera has been added to the card for UFC 92 on Dec. 27, according to a report in the Wrestling Observer.

Dollaway, 7-1, suffered the first official defeat in his pro career in June after losing to Amir Sadollah during the finals of the middleweight tournament of the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” He returned less than a month later to compete at UFC Fight Night 14 in July, where he submitted fellow TUF 7 alum Jesse Taylor with a Peruvian necktie.

Dollaway is a former standout college wrestler who trains MMA under Trevor and Todd Lally at Arizona Combat Sports. Prior to joining the UFC he competed for notable promotions such as the now defunct IFO promotion out of Las Vegas as well as Mark Cuban’s HDNet Fights.

Rivera will be fighting for the first time since the tragic loss of his teenage daughter several months ago. A staple of the Boston-area MMA scene, Rivera holds an overall MMA record of 15-7 and is 4-4 lifetime in the UFC.

Rivera’s most recent fight was a first round submission loss to Martin Kampmann at UFC 85 this past June. He holds notable wins during his career over Kendall Grove, David Loiseau, Travis Lutter, and Dennis Hallman. Rivera is also a veteran from the fourth season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which was titled “The Comeback.”

UFC 92 will be televised on pay-per-view and will emanate from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will defend his UFC interim heavyweight title against Frank Mir in a featured matchup. A light heavyweight title defense by Forrest Griffin against Rashad Evans has been rumored, but has not been confirmed.

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