UFC lightweight prospect Evan Dunham emerged one of UFC 119’s biggest winners despite the fact that he lost a split-decision to former lightweight champ Sean Sherk. Many fans and media outlets (not to mention UFC pres. Dana White) feel that Dunham was robbed after making a gritty comeback against “The Muscle Shark,” ensuring the Las Vegas-stationed scrapper’s status with fans and in the lightweight division stays undamaged. Despite earning the “moral victory,” Dunham is still displeased with his performance and told FightersOnly.com recently that he would prefer a rematch with Sherk in his next outing.
“I feel alright about it; I’m still disappointed,” Dunham said of the fight. “The main thing is I don’t think I fought to my full potential in the 1st round. I kind of bought into the mystique of Sherk and his wrestling, and could’ve done better. I’ll be going over the video and working to improve my mistakes.”
Dunham, who splits his training time between Xtreme Couture, Throwdown and Legion Jiu-Jitsu, told FightersOnly that his eyes are on a rematch with Sherk but that his real goal is to continue both facing competitive opponents and climbing the lightweight ladder.
“I’d love to fight Sherk again, and I think it was exciting for the fans and I think I could finish him,” he said. “However I’m not one of those guys who wants to go on a ‘revenge tour’. I just want to keep fighting tough guys. So I don’t really care who I fight next, I just want to fight tough guys.”
The 28-year old fighter was quick to point out that his desire to face Sherk has nothing to do with disrespect, but that he believes he can defeat the former champ. Though, he doesn’t see a rematch with Sherk being realistic at this point in time.
“Yeah, another fight with Sean. I can finish him. I would jump all over the opportunity for a rematch. I have all the respect in the world for Sean. He’s a hell of a nice guy, but after this fight I think I can beat him. But, with that being said, I don’t expect a rematch with him. Maybe one day. He wants to keep moving up and I respect that. He did everything he needed to do in the fight, but I would definitely like to fight him again.”
Dunham and Sherk faced off on the main card portion of UFC 119, which took place Saturday night at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana and aired live on pay-per-view.