Evan Dunham – Xtreme Father / Fighter

Posted: January 27, 2012 by Xtreme Couture MMA in Evan Dunham, xtreme couture
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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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