Evan Dunham is one of the most well-rounded fighters in the UFC’s lightweight division. He’s shown a lot of promise over the years, but has never really been able to live up to his potential of a championship-caliber fighter. He will be hoping to change this, and he’s got a great opportunity to do so as he’s been booked against Mark Bocek.
This bout has been scheduled to go down at the TUF ‘Nations’ season finale, and it’s going to be an exciting lightweight war. Bocek is a very good grappler and is one of the best fighters in the division in terms of jiu-jitsu. However, he seems to have trouble going up against big fighters who can dictate where the fight takes place, which is where Dunham will look to shine.
He’s one of the bigger lightweights in the division, and his wrestling is very elite. He’s also got some great, underrated jiu-jitsu skills. Where Dunham really shines, however, is in the stand-up department, which happens to be where Bocek is the weakest. Dunham will look to put his combinations together with his punches and kicks, and he’s got a great shot at finishing the fight early.
Dunham is at a crossroads at this point in his career as he’s currently on a two-fight losing streak. He needs a win badly, especially if he wants to make some waves in the lightweight division in 2014. This motivation will help him tremendously against Bocek.