Many onlookers felt that Evan Dunham had done enough to secure a win over former lightweight champion Sean Sherk last night at UFC 119, but the judges had other ideas.
After initially having some difficulties with the wrestlers takedowns and stifling top control, Dunham came on strong in the second half of the fight and impressed with his stand-up skills which left Sherk battered and bruised by the final bell.
Dunham may not have been awarded the decision, but he did get a $70,000 cheque for ‘Fight Of The Night.’ The 24 year-old admitted that was no consolation for losing his unbeaten record however.
“I’d trade it all, I’d fight for free if it meant a win, you know what I mean?” Dunham told sherdog.com after the fight. “The money’s great you know – I definitely could use it! – but you know it’s not worth the loss.”
Despite admitting to being, “broken-hearted” about the defeat Dunham is far from down and out at 155lb’s and is already planning to come back even stronger next time out.
“I’m going to turn it around, turn it into a positive, motivate myself, train even harder than ever you know what I mean? I’m going to learn from this and take it as a learning experience, and whenever you leave it to the judges you never know what’s going to happen.”
And despite suffering the first loss of his thirteen fight career the 28-year old isn’t looking for an easy opponent next time out.
“I always want to fight tougher guys. I know in the UFC if you drop two in a row it can be a death sentence sometimes but I like to fight tough guys and I think the tougher guy I fight, the more it brings out of me talent wise, you know. It drives me harder to work hard.”
I like Dunham’s attitude here and after a strong performance like this it’s highly unlikely that the UFC will be getting rid of him any time soon. Furthermore if he can get back to winning ways then I suspect it won’t be long before he gets back into the title mix.
Watch Dunham’s post-fight interview in full below.