"The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest" runner-up C.B. Dollaway (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will likely return to action at UFC 92, an event that takes place Dec. 27 in Las Vegas.
A source close to the fighter told MMAjunkie.com
) of the return date and that, though not signed, Dollaway could face veteran fighter Jorge Rivera (15-7 MMA, 4-5 UFC) at the year-end event.
Dollaway, who suffered his first professional loss to show winner Amir Sadollah at the show's live finale in June, returned to competition less than a month later to defeat Jesse Taylor at UFC Fight Night 14.
It was Dollaway's first official pro win in the UFC, and it also earned him a $25,000 Submission of the Night bonus for the tap-out (via Peruvian necktie).
Dollaway was actually a replacement for Taylor in the show's finale. Dollaway suffered a third-round submission loss to Sadollah in a semifinal fight and was knocked out of the competition. However, after Taylor (who had already secured his spot in the finale) was kicked off the show for a drunken Las Vegas rampage after the show wrapped, two fighters were given a second shot to take his place. Dollaway then defeated Tim Credeur for the spot.
Dollaway, a former All-American wrestler at Arizona State University (and "TUF" blogger for MMAjunkie.com), has earned stoppage victories in six of his seven pro wins.
The 25-year-old could now meet Rivera, who's 11 years his elder. The 36-year-old turned pro in 2001, appeared on a special "comeback" season of "TUF" in 2006, and since then, he's 2-2 with a notable victory over Kendall Grove via first-round knockout.
Rivera, a devoted father of four who most recently suffered a submission loss to Martin Kampmann in June, hasn't fought since the death of his oldest daughter last month.