Sean Sherk, the former champ, held off the rising young star Evan Dunham to squeak out a split decision win.
Dunham threatened throughout the fight with tight choke attacks but Sherk countered with slams and controlled the location of the fight for most of the first two rounds. But Dunham controlled the action standing and pretty much beat up Sherk on the feet in the latter rounds.
The crowd booed Sherk after the fight and cheered Dunham but the judges had the final say. Two of the judges scored it 29-28 for Sherk, and one scored it 29-28 for Dunham. The former UFC lightweight champion gets the win and Dunham gets the first loss of his professional career.
“I was breathing. All the chokes were very tight. I have a big neck. I’m very hard to choke, ask all my training partners,” said Sherk after the fight.
“I knew I had the first round, second was close, third round was close. I thought it could have went either way,” Sherk later admitted.
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