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Evan Dunham used to return home after long days of training at Xtreme Couture  and immediately begin thinking more about fighting. The local UFC lightweight would ponder areas he still needed to work on and  replay workout sessions in his mind. It was an exhausting routine. “I think, in the past, I obsessed over training a little bit too much,” Dunham said. “This time, it’s been nice to take my mind away here and  there.”

Dunham (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has enjoyed a healthy distraction headed into his  bout against Nik Lentz (21-4 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) Saturday at the United Center in  Chicago on the preliminary card of UFC on FOX 2. Dunham, 30, and his wife are  expecting their first child.  Ava Marie Dunham’s due date is only a couple weeks away, which will fulfill a  longtime desire of Evan’s to become a father.

“Instead of obsessing over a bunch of training stuff, I relaxed a lot and  went to doctor visits,” Dunham said. “I got to see how she was coming along.  It’s, more than anything, been a nice break on the mind.” Dunham’s increase in responsibilities doesn’t mean he’ll take it easy in  2012. As anyone who trains alongside him will attest, it’s a lost cause to try  to keep Dunham out of the gym.

Ideally, Dunham would like to fight four times this year. That would be the  most of his career since 2007 when he was making the rounds on the regional  circuit in the Pacific Northwest.

“I’ve got a lot of stuff to juggle,” Dunham said. “But I think it’s all  really good timing. I don’t plan on slowing down whatsoever.”

Slowing down doesn’t work in the 155-pound weight class. Lightweight is the  UFC’s deepest division, but Dunham hopes to pounce on an unforeseen opening this  year.

At this time last year, as many as six fighters were bunched toward the top  of the division awaiting a title shot. Dunham had lost two in a row and was  nowhere in their proximity.

But then, one by one, all the contenders improbably began falling victim to  upsets and losing their spots in the championship queue. Dunham, meanwhile,  obliterated Shamar Bailey with a unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 25 to  break his skid.

If Dunham can beat Lentz and notch another victory or two, he’s right back  where he was in late 2010 as an undefeated fighter — near the top.“I definitely see that,” Dunham said. “I plan on putting on a big performance  this weekend and taking that big step up in competition. I want one of these  guys vying for the title. I want 2012 to be the year for me, so I’ve got to stay  active.”

Dunham barely talks about his two losses. He says he’s all but forgotten  about the highly questionable split decision that judges awarded to Sean Sherk  over him at UFC 119 and the first-round knockout loss to Melvin Guillard at UFC  Fight Night 23.

Unlike many other fighters who go through a losing streak, Dunham didn’t make  any major changes or overhaul anything about his approach. He kept moving  forward with what helped him win four fights in the UFC to begin with. “Same ole Evan,” Xtreme Couture teammate Mike Pyle said. “He’s just a  hard-nosed, hard-working guy.”

Dunham, because he’s a southpaw, helped Pyle prepare for his bout against  Ricardo Funch at UFC 142 earlier this month. Pyle, who defeated Funch with a  first round TKO, said using Dunham as a primary training partner was  invaluable.

“Man, he’s looking sharp,” Pyle said. “I’m really looking forward for him to  take Lentz to school and box his face up a bit.” That’s precisely Dunham’s plan. Making it easy would be nice, because he’s  got to get back to Las Vegas in time to deliver a baby.

“Up until recently, I was never in a position to take something like this  on,” Dunham said. “But now things have panned out good for me, I’m in a position  to do that and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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Xtreme Couture’s Evan Dunham is ready for UFC Fight Night 25 on September 17 against Shamar Bailey, with the two squaring off on the Facebook prelim card.  ’3-D’ enters the bout on a two fight losing skid, after going 11-0 with losses to Melvin Guillard and Sean Sherk.

’3-D’ spoke to UFC.com about his upcoming fight, as well as his thoughts on the status of the UFC’s lightweight division.

“They will be coming at me harder and I usually thrive when people want to make it a fight,” he said. “It’s cool with me and just reinforces the idea that I belong in there as well. I still have a lot to prove and a lot more fights in me that I want in the UFC. If he wants to try and take away what I’ve worked hard for then he’s got something coming.”

“There are a lot of really tough guys that are hungry in the division, and it’s a pond full of sharks in my opinion,” he said. “No fight’s an easy fight, and you hear everybody say it, but I truly believe it’s the toughest division in the UFC. What really gets me up in the morning is that I’m living my dream and fighting in the organization that I love. There’s no other place in the world that I’d want to be. So knowing that every fight is going to be a war definitely makes you train hard, and you can’t slack if you want to make it, and I definitely don’t.”

Melvin Guillard knocked out Evan Dunham in the first round of the main event at UFC’s Fight for the Troops 2 in Fort Hood, Texas, Saturday night.

Guillard, a late injury replacement, thrust himself into contention in the UFC lightweight division with the upset win.

“I’m the dark horse in this game at ‘55 (155 pounds),” Guillard said afterward. “No disrespect to anyone, but I am the best 155 pound fighter in the UFC. You keep lining them up, and I’ll keep knocking them down.”

Dunham had no answer for Guillard’s punching power and hand speed. Twenty seconds into the fight, Guillard hurt Dunham with a right cross. Dunham responded with a takedown attempt and was able to briefly put Guillard on the mat.

Guillard fought back to his feet and actually landed about five rights while standing on one leg as Dunham tried to get him back down.

Midway through the first round, Guillard landed a one-two combination that dropped Dunham. “I think that combination should be named after me,” Guillard said.

Dunham tried to stop the onslaught with another takedown shot, but Guillard stuffed it and rained down hammer fists, forcing Dunham to back off.

Guillard followed with a right hand and a knee that had Dunham reeling. Guillard landed a second knee, and referee Mario Yamasaki jumped in to stop the fight at 2:58 of the first round.

Guillard landed a third knee while Dunham was down, which is an illegal strike, but Yamasaki was already on his way in to separate the fighters and end the bout, helping to minimize the controversy.

Guillard’s performance earned him Knockout of the Night honors and a chance for bigger fights on the horizon.

The win moved Guillard to 27-8-2 and was his fourth straight and his sixteenth career knockout.

“I’ll go undefeated in 2011 and get my title shot by 2012,” he said.

Dunham fell to 11-2.

Evan Dunham and Sean Sherk at UFC 119
Evan Dunham and Sean Sherk at UFC 119

For some, change is difficult to deal with. As a matter of fact, most people in society just, flat-out, don’t like change. They would rather stick to what they were given and carry on with their day.

In MMA, things change in terms of opponents quite often. Injuries happen, and this turns the focus from one fighter’s style to another. This is the case for UFC lightweight Evan Dunham.

The Xtreme Couture fighter was originally scheduled to face Kenny Florian in the main event of UFC Fight for the Troops 2, but Florian was forced to pull out of the contest due to a knee injury he sustained while preparing for the fight with Dunham.

The fighter commonly known as “The Young Assassin” stepped up as Florian’s replacement, and now, Dunham has a new foe he must get through in his climb up the lightweight ladder. According to Dunham, this is nothing close to a step down in competition. His UFC Fight for the Troops 2 opposition is no easier than it was when Kenny Florian was slated to compete.

“My opinion, Guillard is just as dangerous.” Dunham told MMAWeekly Radio. “I think he’s just as tough of an opponent and just as much (of a) threat. I had to switch a few things up just because he’s a ‘righty’ instead of a ‘lefty,’ but not changing too much.”

It’s clear Dunham isn’t one to be forced to change his approach to things. Even when he has a different adversary standing across the Octagon from him, the extent to which Dunham adjusts is minimal, at most.

“I think we made the adjustments just fine and I’ll be prepared for him,” he said. “I try not to adjust my game too much for different fighters. I’m going to go out there and take the fight wherever. I feel comfortable, whether it be on the ground or on the feet. No major changes.”

There isn’t much work necessary in the film room either. Dunham feels his experience watching Guillard’s career is more than enough to learn what he’s preparing for on Jan. 22.

The focus, according to the UFC 155-pounder, is more on himself and he tends not to put too much into worrying about someone else.

“Not too much,” Dunham answered about how much film he views on his opponent. “I watch a little bit just to get some traits. I’ve been watching Melvin for a long time, even before he got into the UFC, so I’m pretty familiar with him. But I try not to concentrate too much on that stuff. I try to worry about myself and that’s about it.”

In his last fight, Dunham fought a seasoned veteran in Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk, giving up the split decision in the end, resulting in his first career loss. The fallout resulted in the decision being heavily debated. Many fans and media disagreed with the judges decision, but, as everyone may know by now, one should never leave it in the hands of the judges.

Evan Dunham and Joe Rogan at UFC 119
Evan Dunham and Joe Rogan at UFC 119

Regardless, UFC brass took notice of Dunham’s effort and rewarded him with main event status for his following venture in the Octagon. The fight date even came a bit sooner than he expected, but Dunham was absolutely open to the opportunity.

“I was expecting more February, but when I was offered main event status, I took it right away,” Dunham explained.

Taking time off is something a lot of fighters do after a bout. Vacations are always nice, but once Dunham experienced a loss for the first time in his professional career, getting back in the gym was high on his list of priorities. He made it clear, while relaxing is all good, training is part of his resting period, as well as his job.

“I was still training as much as possible,” he said about his time off. “I was back in the gym a week after the fight. I took just about a week off from the fight, doing absolutely nothing.

“It was fun, but training is my hobby, as well as my job. It’s hard to stay away too long.”
Posted on January 18, 2011 by Erik Fontanez  MMA Weekly

A lightweight bout between contenders Kenny Florian (14-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) and Evan Dunham (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) originally targeted for UFC 126 in February instead is expected to headline the Jan. 22 “UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2″ event.

Heavy.com first reported the change, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with a source close to the organization.

Although not announced, UFC Fight Night 23 is expected to take place in Texas with Fort Hood.

It’ll likely air on Spike TV, though as of Monday morning, officials told MMAjunkie.com that details are still being finalized and that working with the military can be a “slow process” because of security concerns.

Both Florian and Dunham look to recover from recent losses.

Dunham faced former UFC lightweight champ Sean Sherk in September and was dealt the first loss of his career via close split decision. After suffering a huge gash near his right eye in the opening round of the UFC 119 fight, Dunham battled back with an impressive blend of striking from distance and a capable takedown attack. Nevertheless, Sherk was granted the decision.

Prior to the loss, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt posted UFC wins over Per Eklund, Marcus Aurelio, Efrain Escudero and Tyson Griffin.

Florian, meanwhile, returns to the cage for the first time since suffering a unanimous-decision loss to Gray Maynard at UFC 118 in August. In a fight to determine the 155-pound division’s next title challenger, Florian was unable to defend against Maynard’s wrestling attack and lost the fight on all three judges’ cards.

The former title challenger now is just 2-2 in his past four fights, though the defeats have come at the hands of current No. 1 contender Maynard and former lightweight champion B.J. Penn.

Xtreme Couture’s Evan Dunham – Shark Hunter

Posted: September 25, 2010 by Xtreme Couture MMA in Evan Dunham, xtreme couture

Sean Sherk after being forced to pull out of fights against Jim Miller at UFC 108 and Clay Guida for Versus 1 back in March, former Lightweight champ Sean Sherk will look to rebound off of his poor performance vs Frankie Edgar at UFC 98.

 Hoping to further derail the former champ will be Xtreme Couture’s Evan Dunham (11-0, 4-0 UFC).

This looks like a pretty bad match up for Sherk, who will once again be fighting someone with much more reach.

 Along with being a southpaw, Dunham has a solid 3″ reach advantage over Sherk.  Sean’s head movement is absolutely terrible and with  Dunham’s being a lefty, put simply this  makes a rough night for Sherk,  Dunham should take another step forward in the UFC’s light weight division tonight.

Martin Kampmann’s total domination of Paulo Thiago, epic fight by teammates Evan Dunham and Tyson Griffin and  perhaps one of his best performances by Mike Pyle against Jesse Lennox.

Congratulations to all the guys for their great performances!