I had the opportunity to interview Evan "3D" Dunham for Fighters Only on his controversial fight with Sean Sherk. Check the excerpts below and after the break.
FO: Since you did go for the chokes and tried to finish the fight, but Sean escaped and ended up getting the nod, do you feel you might fight safer in the future?
DUNHAM: No, I like to finish fights. This is a perfect example of why you should fight to finish. The fact that I lost, it is what it is. What it all breaks down to is I didn’t finish him. When you don’t finish and you leave it to the judges, anything can happen.
I won’t change; I like to finish, the fans want the finish. It’s not as easy as it sounds at this level though. The fighters have great skills and great chins, but I always try to finish because that’s how I fight.
FO: Is there anyone in particular you’d like a crack at next?
DUNHAM: I’d love to fight Sherk again, and I think it was exciting for the fans and I think I could finish him. However I’m not one of those guys who wants to go on a “revenge tour”. I just want to keep fighting tough guys. So I don’t really care who I fight next, I just want to fight tough guys.
FO: So you’re not fixated on a rematch, but if the choice was yours, you’d prefer Sherk as an opponent?
DUNHAM: Yeah, another fight with Sean. I can finish him. I would jump all over the opportunity for a rematch. I have all the respect in the world for Sean. He’s a hell of a nice guy , but after this fight I think I can beat him.
But, with that being said, I don’t expect a rematch with him. Maybe one day. He wants to keep moving up and I respect that. He did everything he needed to do in the fight, but I would definitely like to fight him again.
Check out the full piece at FIGHTERS ONLY, and feel free to leave any comments on the interview below. Special thanks to Evan for the interview and to Sensei John Joe O'Regan for sending me to the UFC last weekend.