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Rob Hinds will be overseeing this bout.
Round 1: They touch gloves, Dunham springing around and Sherk staying set and compact. Dunham with a nice one-two but he backs straight up afterward. Sherk goes for a takedown, slams Dunham but Dunham grabs a guillotine immediately. After a few tense moments, Sherk breaks out of it and passes to half guard. Sherk back in full guard and looking to land ground and pound. Sherk is bullying Dunham against the cage but Dunham gets to his feet. Sherk holds Dunham against the fence, lands a knee and drops for another successful takedown. Dunham getting back to his feet but Sherk is all over him still. Sherk goes for another takedown but Dunham grabs another nasty guillotine that has Sherk contorted and in pain. Sherk pops out of it. Dunham takes his back but Sherk spins out and lands in full guard. He splits Dunham open with an elbow and stays all over him until the ref calls the doctor in. The doctor lets the fight continue. The fight closes without action.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Sherk
Round 2: Dunham’s cut looks gruesome. They start trading and Sherk is landing with some nice counters. Sherk goes in for another takedown and Dunham latches onto another very deep guillotine choke. It looks bad but somehow Sherk manages to free himself again. Sherk tries for another takedown, Dunham grabs another guillotine and Sherk pops out again. Sherk holding Dunham against the cage now. Dunham finally spins off and lands a weak knee to the face. They exchange and Sherk gets the better of it. Dunham starts to land, with kicks and punches alike. Dunham backing Sherk against the fence with combos. Dunham is really looking to unload here and has Sherk backing up. Beautiful outside knee to the head for Dunham. And again. Dunham is bleeding heavily but he is fired up.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-10
Round 3: Dunham rocks Sherk with a high kick at the start of the round that has “The Muscle Shark” on shaky legs. Sherk goes for the takedown again and they stall against the cage. Sherk gets him down but Dunham gets back to his feet. Sherk is still pressuring him against the cage though. Dunham landing short elbows to Sherk, who is holding onto Dunham’s legs for dear life. They separate. Dunham with a good combo and then a solid one-two. Sherk whiffing on most of his punches. Dunham wades in with punches and gets clinched up for it, Sherk presses him up against the cage again. Dunham goes for the guillotine again and Sherk gets out. They exchange in the middle of the cage and Dunham backs Sherk to the fence with punches. Dunham lands a big knee, and another. Sherk has no answer here. Good right hook from Sherk. Another big knee. This is all Dunham, he is hammering Sherk to finish the fight.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Dunham
Sean Sherk defeated Evan Dunham via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
The crowd boos the decision heavily, but cheers when Dunham takes the mic.