Evan Dunham connects on Shamar Bailey - Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
An interesting lightweight match-up has been verbally agreed to for the second UFC on Fox event, scheduled for January 28th at the United Center in Chicago. ESPN UK reports that British submission wizard, Paul Sass, will meet well-rounded Xtreme Couture product, Evan Dunham, on the card:
Undefeated submission specialist Paul Sass and Evan Dunham have verbally confirmed to meet at UFC on Fox 2 on January 28 in Chicago.
Sass is undefeated at 12-0 and is best known for his flashy submission game and lethal guard, for which he'll relentlessly pull guard to employ. While his signature triangle choke and heel hook are his weapons of choice, Sass's striking game is still questionable, but training alongside the likes of Terry Etim and Paul Taylor at Team Kaobon can only help him with that aspect.
Dunham will be a huge step up in competition for Sass, as Dunham, an excellent grappler in his own right, was at one point talked about as a title contender at 155 lbs, but a questionable decision loss to Sean Sherk and a much more clearcut TKO loss to Melvin Guillard derailed that rain for the moment. Since then, he has regained his form, battering Shamar Bailey for a unanimous decision win in September. It's not clear yet whether the Dunham-Sass bout will be featured on the Fox main card, or on the prelim card, but we'll keep you posted.
Evan Dunham (12-2)
W Shamar Bailey (unam. decision) - UFN 24
L Melvin Guillard (TKO) - UFC Fight for the Troops 2
L Sean Sherk (split decision) - UFC 119
Paul Sass (12-0)
W Michael Johnson (submission - heel hook) - UFC on Versus 6
W Mark Holst (submission - triangle choke) - UFC 120
W Jason Young (submission - heel hook) - OMMAC 4
Here's the rumored UFC on Fox 2 card as it stands now:
-Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis
-Demetrious Johnson vs. Eddie Wineland
-Mike Russow vs. Jon Olav Einemo
-Evan Dunham vs. Paul Sass