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Evan Dunham Was Expecting A Wrestling Match With Shamar Bailey

Following a two-fight skid, Evan Dunham has righted his career trajectory by defeating Shamar Bailey via convincing unanimous decision.

The two met last night on the undercard of UFC Fight Night 25 and Dunham won by avoiding Bailey’s wrestling and outclassing the TUF 13 castmember on their feet. In a post-fight video interview with the UFC, Dunham explained what winning meant to him after dropping two contests in a row.

“I feel great. It was a good fight for me,” said Dunham. “I needed a comeback fight and to get a good win. The last couple of fights were really tough for me mentally. … This was a big fight for me. I’m getting married next month and I needed to keep my career going in the right direction. It was pretty emotional.”

Make no mistake, Dunham had to work for his win. He landed some absolutely hellacious punch combinations square on Bailey’s face, but he just kept coming forward. Dunham lauded Bailey’s grit and explained why he was pleasantly surprised that Bailey rarely shot for the takedown.

“Shamar is a really tough dude. I was ready for a wrestling match, to tell you the truth. I had my wrestling shoes on in the gym and I almost had my singlet on. Not quite, but I should have,” said Dunham. “He came to fight a standup fight, which was great for me because I knew I had with that. I couldn’t be happier with the fight. And Shamar, my hat is off to him.”