On the UFC 152 preliminary card live on FX, a battle between two of the most exciting lightweights went down as T.J. Grant faced Evan Dunham. In what will likely be the UFC 151 Fight of the Night unless something crazy happens on the main card, Grant defeated Dunham by unanimous decision.
In an all-out slugfest, here is what we learned from this fight.
What we'll remember about this fight:
What won't we remember? A definite Fight of the Night possibility, both Grant and Dunham left it all in the Octagon in their 15-minute battle. Back and forth, the two men slugged it out while Grant supported a nasty cut on his forehead for the second half of the fight. All-in-all, a great fight!
What we learned about T.J. Grant:
Grant looked spectacular on his feet using a combination of great boxing with a nice mix of Thai strikes, including the knee that split Dunham's head wide-open. We knew Grant was a good all-around talent, but tonight, we learned his striking is definitely one of his most improved as well as one of his best skills.
What we learned about Evan Dunham:
Talk about a mix between crazy and tough, Dunham put his amazing chin on full display throughout the bout. Dunham literally bit down on his mouth piece and just kept coming at Grant, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory. No matter the outcome, though, Dunham is as tough as the come in the UFC.
What's next for Grant:
I'm all for seeing Grant face the always-tough Jim Miller in his next fight inside the Octagon.
What's next for Dunham:
Dunham didn't do enough to earn a win at UFC 152, but he did put on a show which the fans as well as Dana White loved. Next for Dunham should be the loser of the Michael Johnson-Danny Castillo fight coming in October.
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