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Evan Dunham and T.J. Grant went to war in their UFC 152 lightweight bout, and it was Grant who emerged victorious from their bloody battle. Both men landed a ton of strikes and threw defense out the window, and Dunham had covered the octagon in his plasma from a huge cut on his forehead, but Grant put together the more damaging strikes and showed good octagon control. He took the scorecards with 29-28, 30-27, and 29-28 scores. It's going to take a hell of a bout to edge that out for fight of the night.
Dunham was the one striking early, landing some solid lefts. Grant landed a nice knee to the gut in response. Grant landed a nice uppercut and straight right. The fighters exchanged inside a couple of times, with both landing clean. Dunham slipped and ate two shots. Grant landed a nice kick off of a collision. Both fighters landed big right hooks. The two fighters were just throwing down in the middle of the cage. Grant clinched against the cage and connected with two standing elbows. Dunham scored a takedown with 30 seconds to go, but couldn't do anything with it.
Both men got right back to it in round two, connecting with a bevy of punches to the grill. Grant landed a nice knee in the clinch that opened up a big cut in the middle of Dunham's forehead. Grant stuffed a Dunham shot, and looked for a takedown of his own. The two men exchanged a ton of strikes again, neither one giving an inch. Grant landed three knees in a row, which got Dunham fired up. Dunham's face was the veritable crimson mask. Dunham got a takedown with 45 seconds to go against the cage and tried to take his back. Grant escaped, but Dunham tagged him on the way out.
Dunham came out strong early in the third, even though his huge cut was leaking again quickly. Grant connected with kicks and shots to the body while Dunham put together combinations. Dunham shot in but got stuffed. Grant connected with his own nice combination, but had a shot stuffed. Both men were exhausted, but continued to throw a high volume of strikes and look for takedowns. Dunham finally got a takedown with 45 seconds to go, the same as the first two rounds. He couldn't do much with it though, and the fight ended with both of them covered in blood.