Tim Dooling doesn’t believe in easy fights. He has faced some of the toughest guys in his 145-lb weight class. He still stands at respectable 7-4, but when you take a look at who he has fought, it’s even more impressive. Early on in The Jaguar’s career, he lost to Frankie Buenafuente who is a former Ring of Combat champ and is now looking for his second win at Bellator. He took Julio Arce the distance and shortly after the fight, Arce earned his shot on the UFC show, The Contender where he had a spectacular knockout and earned himself a UFC contract. The Jaguar’s most recent battle, he lost to the ROC defending 145 lb champ, Bill Algeo, but also took Bill the distance. Tim says the jaguar is an apex predator in the jungle and he is one when it comes to the craft he loves, mixed martial arts cagefighting.
His opponent on September 21st at Ring of Combat 65 will be Jeff Lentz, who is 10-6 and has a KO win over UFC veteran Jared Gordon on his resume as well as a stint on the Ultimate Fighter. Jeff also has some boxing experience and currently owns and runs his own school. He’s a tough, savvy, veteran of the game. Another very tough test for Tim.
Dooling has a contagious smile and a personality that you can’t help but love. It’s reminiscent of his fighting style, which is all out, leave it all in the cage and may the best man win. You know that when the cage closes, Tim will be competing hard and relentless. I met up with Dooling at his team headquarters, Dante Rivera BJJ in Freehold, NJ. Check out our interview below and you’ll see how easy it is to become a fan of the Jaguar.
MyMMANews will be in Atlantic City’s Tropicana Showroom for ROC 65 on September 21. We will have up to the minute results, photos, and some post fight quotes.