Grant vs. Dunham: Why This Fight Stole the Show at UFC 152

Matt JuulContributor IIISeptember 23, 2012

September 22, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Evan Dunham (right) reacts after a punch from TJ Grant in the lightweights fight during UFC 152 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Even as an undercard fight on FX, the lightweights were still able to steal the show at UFC 152, once again proving just how deep the talent pool is in that division.

TJ Grant and Evan Dunham got the crowd going at the Air Canada Centre with their exciting and bloody back-and-forth battle.

Grant looked like the sharper striker, controlling the center of the Octagon for the majority of the bout while picking Dunham apart from inside the pocket.  Dunham showed heart, however, and never let up.  "3-D" continued forward even in the waning seconds of the third round, fighting through the streams of blood in a late comeback attempt.

Having heart wasn't enough to take out Grant, though, as the Canadian utilized his superior striking to rough up his opponent.  One of his biggest hits came in the second round when Grant cut Dunham's forehead with a huge knee.

This fight deserved its fight night bonus because it not only featured all the makings of a good old cage fight—blood, bruises and warriors with heart—but these two men also showed some great technique as well.  Grant in particular was very efficient from the inside with his strikes and never let Dunham get into a rhythm.

It's amazing how the 155ers always seem to steal the show.  Grant and Dunham were the only lightweights on the card and somehow still snatched the Fight of the Night bonus.

There's no denying that the lightweight roster is the most exciting division in MMA right now.