UFC Fight Night 25: Evan Dunham hopes to regain elite lightweight status starting with win over Shamar Bailey

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Remember when Evan Dunham was a top lightweight contender?

If you don't, that's okay because he hasn't actually won a fight since June 2010 when he took a split decision over Tyson Griffin at the UFC 115 event north of the border.

At that point he was 11-0 and supposed to ride his considerable hype train right up and into a title shot within a year or two at most. Then he ran into "The Muscle Shark," Sean Sherk, and came up on the short end of the split decision stick. Some, including UFC President Dana White, felt he was robbed, though, so the wheels hadn't fallen off just yet.

Unfortunately, that happened in his very next fight, as he was battered and broken by Melvin Guillard, who now occupies the slot Dunham used to reside in.

The plan now is for "3D" to take out Shamar Bailey at UFC Fight Night 25 on Sept. 17 and work his way back to the top of the food chain. After the jump, hear Dunham talk about his recent skid and plans to quickly regain his status as a member of the lightweight elite.

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