Las Vegas, NV | Evan Dunham showed a great improvement in his striking game tonight, battering his opponent Joe Lauzon and taking the unanimous decision, 30-26, 30-27, 30-26.
The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale will be held on December 11, 2015 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lauzon vs. Dunham took place on the main card which aired on Fox Sports 1.
A match between two grizzled veterans of the organization, both men started off trying to find their range in the center of the smaller octagon. Some nice combinations land for Dunham, but Lauzon trades back with his usual aggressive intentions. Very high striking output in this round, with Lauzon looking to be on the forward march for the majority. Despite this, Dunham’s accuracy and volume are taking over with a minute remaining. As the first comes to an end, Lauzon looks for a brief trip but is unable to capitalize and Dunham ends up on top.
Dunham opened the second with a head kick and more boxing combinations. Although Lauzon is still advancing and throwing jabs, his opponent’s accuracy is paying dividends. “J-Lau” is absorbing too many punches, and half way through the fight Dunham is taking clinch advantange, landing more strikes to boot. Unsurprisingly, Lauzon still presses forward and eats a pair of heavy elbows from Dunham. With thirty seconds remaining, both men are trading blows and showing signs of mutual damage.
Knowing he is behind, Lauzon required a gameplan change, but Dunham is evading most offense very effectively. Lauzon is beginning to slow down at the three minute mark as Dunham continues to unleash a striking arsenal. Landing a quick takedown, Dunham opts to let his opponent stand back up; knowing the striking advantage is a given at this point. Lauzon shoots for a takedown but it is evaded with relative ease. A very dominant striking performance for Evan Dunham, and a splendid illustration of his progression as an artist of the sport.
With the win, Dunham goes a perfect 3-0 for the year of 2015 and advances to 17-6. Joe Lauzon drops down to 25-11.
— UFC (@ufc) December 12, 2015
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