Evan Dunham (18-6) held target practice in his victory over Rick Glenn (18-4-1) at UFC Fight Night 94 earlier tonight (Sept. 17, 2016). Dunham, 34, picked up a unanimous decision over Glenn inside State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. All three judges scored the bout 30-27.
Dunham nearly finished Glenn in the final frame after landing a barrage of strikes, but the UFC newcomer showed he was a really tough customer by weathering the storm. Unfortunately for him, he didn't have much else going for him throughout the three-round contest.
Dunham started tagging Glenn right from the jump and landed a double-leg takedown to get the fight to the mat. Dunham briefly flirted with an arm-in guillotine, but Glenn was able to escape. Dunham continued to posture up in Glenn's guard and looked to pass or land a heavy blow. After Glenn tried to sit up, Dunham took his back and began to hunt for a rear-naked choke. Dunham had him dead to rights with an arm under his chin, but somehow "The Gladiator" survived the submission attempt. The No. 15-ranked UFC Lightweight remained glued to his back for the remainder of the first round.
The second round started off like the first with Dunham landing some nice strikes. Glenn did land a combination of his own, but Dunham took him down for the second time in the fight. Glenn made it back to his feet, but Dunham then pressed him up against the fence and landed a big knee to the body. Glenn circled out, but Dunham took him down once more. Glenn would get back up, but he continued to get tagged by Dunham in the standup battle. Later on in the round, Dunham landed a low blow, which briefly halted the bout. When the action resumed Glenn came in aggressively, but with no success as Dunham landed several more punches before the horn sounded.
Dunham continued to land with great success in the final frame and mixed in a push kick to keep Glenn at distance. As the round grew longer, Glenn began waving his arms and coming forward, but other than getting the crowd to cheer, it did little else as Dunham picked him apart in just about every exchange. In the last minute, Dunham landed a head kick and came forward with a huge offensive onslaught with Glenn barely holding on. Right in the final seconds, Glenn attempted a rolling thunder kick and Dunham was setting up an arm bar as time expired.
It was an outstanding performance by Dunham, who did pretty much anything he wanted for 15 minutes. He improves to 11-6 in UFC and has now won five straight. Glenn -- who showed some heart and toughness in his Octagon debut -- has likely earned himself a future appearance in the Octagon. His three-fight win streak came to an end in defeat.
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