It’s a fight that doesn’t have any title implications right now, but it’s a huge fight for both fighters at this point in their careers.
Dollaway gained popularity via his appearance on TUF, but has quietly won his last three fights inside the Octagon.
He brings a career record of (11-2) with five wins via TKO/KO and three wins via submission.
Dollaway earned All-American laurels at Arizona State University as a wrestler, but has been prone to submissions in the past.
However, he is versed in submissions and brings solid wrestling to the table.
Munoz is also a former collegiate wrestler, a former national champion at Oklahoma State University. He brings a career record of (9-2) with four wins via TKO/KO and one submission via strikes.
He lost a split decision to top contender Yushin Okami, but rebounded to defeat another accomplished wrestler in Aaron Simpson in his last fight. Munoz has heavy hands and solid ground and pound once the fight hits the mat.
This fight is big for both fighters. If Dollaway wins this fight, that will be four straight and he will have just defeated a guy that went to a split decision against a top contender. That would instantly catapult him up the middleweight ladder.
Munoz losing to Dollaway would certainly be a disappointment career wise. Dollaway hasn’t beaten anyone notable in the middleweight division, so a win for Munoz would keep him near the rest of the contenders in the division.
Linesmaker has Munoz as the betting favorite in this fight at (-185) with Dollaway as the underdog at (+155).
I think that’s pretty accurate as Munoz has fought and defeated better competition than Dollaway. He’s the more accomplished wrestler, and also has more fight ending power than Dollaway.
I think that’s basically what this fight will come down to, who has the ability to impose their will to get the fight where they want it. If Dollaway is able to stop Munoz from taking him down, he certainly has a shot at winning.
Munoz does tend to get a bit wild with his striking from time to time, and that may allow Dollaway to take advantage at times. However, if Munoz is successful with the take-downs, I don’t see things going well for Dollaway.
I think Munoz takes this one via decision.