UFC on FX 8’s second bout of the evening took place in the lightweight division as Evan Dunham took on Rafael do Anjos. Dos Anjos would take the narrow decision and earned a victory tonight that puts him on the edge of the title picture at 155-pounds.
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Dos Anjos Edges Dunham in Narrow Battle
Rafael dos Anjos and Evan Dunham went back and forth tonight in close bout tonight in Brazil. While the win went to Dos Anjos, a case for Dunham pulling out the decision was not unreasonable. The Brazilian seemed to land a bit more often in tonight’s scrap even though it was Dunham moving forward the majority of the fight. The win is huge one for Dos Anjos, as he runs his winning streak to four and puts himself in title contention.
Rd. 1 – Fighters are feeling each other out early. Left by RDA lands. Nice combo by RDA. Dunham catches a legkick and lands a solid left off the catch. Body shots by RDA are landing but Dunham counters with a jab. RDA looks a step faster than Dunham to this point. Two minute left now and RDA with a straight to the body and another nice kick but Dunham catches it lands the takedown. RDA is being active off his back a keeping Dunham tied up as well. Nice elbow by Dunham. Ref stands them up after a stalemate. RDA pushes the pace at the end feeling Dunham may have stolen the round. MMAFrenzy has it 10-10 in the first.
Rd. 2 – Dunham with a double leg but RDA does a great job of quickly working back up. More body work by RDA. Takedown attempt by RDA but he gives it up and lands a hard right on the exit. Another nice pair of combos by RDA. Dunham cuts RDA with an accidental headbutt and tries a takedown but he’s rebuffed. Good left by Dunham. Nice combo by RDA. Very close fight here. Legkick by RDA lands. Ugly takedown attempt at the end of the round by Dunham he gets RDA to the canvas but he quickly recovers as the horn blows. Really hard round to score. I have it 10-9 Dos Anjos based on my strike count, but it’s close. (20-19)
Rd. 3 – A lot of skirmishes early but nothing landing. Dunham tries a takedown but RDA defends and fends it off. RDA appears to be landing more strikes but Dunham is the one moving forward. Big body kick by RDA. Good combo by Dunham. Wicked exchange by both fighters and RDA seems to just have the edge on strikes landed. Dunham is staying just on the outer reach of RDA’s power shots. Good body kick by RDA. Dunham with a takedown attempt and RDA defends it. RDA with a thai clinch against the cage and he lands some solid knees and Dunham lands good punches. Nice combo by RDA. Slugfest with :15 left and it again seemed even in that round. Very hard fight to score. I have it 30-29 Dos Anjos.
Rafael dos Anjos def. Evan Dunham vis unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)