UFC lightweight competitor Evan Dunham was, by most accounts, robbed of a decision win over former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk last night at UFC 119. The two engaged in a close, back-and-forth three round affair that saw Dunham the much more effective fighter in the latter half of the bout. Regardless, Sherk was awarded the split decision victory (much to the displeasure of the Indianapolis crowd) and Dunham received the first negative mark on his record. Dunham discussed the loss at teh post-fight presser.
“It’s definitely bittersweet, more bitter than sweet,” Dunham said of earning a proposed moral victory. “In some ways you learn more from a loss. There’s a lot to take from this. I’m definitely not happy. I’ve got to go back and train and correct my mistakes.”
Dunham was humble in defeat despite the rousing support that the crowd showed him. The Xtreme Couture-trained fighter pointed to his own mistakes as the reasons he did not win.
“I didn’t implement my game plan and I didn’t do what I needed to do in the first round. I wanted to stand with him and when he came in for the shot, stuff the shot and frustrate him. If he got me down, I didn’t want him being able to hold me down. Finally, when I made the decision to stand up, I was just being too complacent and that’s a lesson learned.”
UFC president Dana White has voiced very openly that he does not agree with the Sherk-Dunham decision so Dunham’s stock in the division will likely not drop much, if at all. Dunham drops to 11-1 with the loss.