A previously announced match up expected to take place at UFC 125 on January 1st will now be moved to a later date. Said match up, a pivotal lightweight affair pitting former UFC lightweight title challenger and top contender Evan Dunham will now be set to headline “UFC Fight for the Troops 2″.
The event takes place on January 22, at Fort Hood in Killeen, Tex.
Florian, a two-time challenger to the lightweight title (and unsuccessful in both attempts) is recently coming off a unanimous decision loss to current title challenger Gray Maynard at UFC 118, which was held in Florian’s backyard of Boston, Mass.
Riding a two-fight win streak heading into the bout and likely looking at his third shot at the 155-pound title, UFC President Dana White shared the same sentiments that everyone in attendance felt as well, that Kenny “choked” during the bout. Hardly any offense was made, and the undefeated powerhouse wrestler in Maynard controlled every round of the fight, taking “Ken-Flo” down at will and dominating him from there. The win for Maynard helped set up a rematch against current champion Frankie Edgar. Gray remains the only man to defeat Frankie in his mixed martial arts career.
Dunham is on the heels of a spirited and somewhat controversial performance against former UFC lightweight champion, Sean Sherk. At UFC 119, the two battled it out with Sherk displaying his superior wrestling skills early in the first round. Successful in a takedown attempt against Dunham in the first, Sherk was able to drop a massive elbow, opening up an early cut and taking the first stanza.
Then, it was all Evan. The Xtreme Couture product was able to nearly submit “The Muscle Shark” in the second round and rocked him several times in the third, seemingly walking about with a decision victory. However, after three hard fought rounds, a split-decision victory was delivered to Sherk and Evan’s first loss in turn as a professional.
He can take some solace in the loss. He proved himself against a former champion, picked up “Fight of the Night” (along with a fat check) for his efforts, and is still viewed as a top contender. He’s gained more than he’s lost in the bout.
The bout pitting Florian and Dunham against one another will vaunt the other right back in the title hunt.
Heavy.com first reported the change.
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