Lightweight up-and-comer Evan Dunham withstood his most difficult test to date at UFC 115, defeating Tyson Griffin. Now, the fast-rising lightweight is set up against another top lightweight, as his match up with Sean Sherk at UFC 119 is now official.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the match up earlier this afternoon.
Sherk has been battling through injuries as of late and has not had a fight since his unanimous decision loss to Frankie Edgar at UFC 98. His last win came against Tyson Griffin at UFC 90, which was his follow-up to the technical knockout loss he received against BJ Penn at UFC 84. The former lightweight champion is looking for a resurgence towards another title shot in the 155-pound division.
Unlike Sherk, Dunham has stayed rather active as of late. His fight against Sherk will be his third in 2010, with a split-decision win over Tyson Griffin at UFC 115 and a submission victory over Efrain Escudero at “UFC Fight Night 20”. The 155-pound prospect has yet to be defeated as a professional mixed martial artist, holding a professional record of 11-0.
UFC 119 is set for the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 25. The card features a heavyweight rematch between former champions Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir, while Nogueira’s brother, Rogerio Nogueira, will face Ryan Bader in the night’s co-main event. Sherk vs. Dunham completes the televised portion of the card, which also includes a lightweight fight between Melvin Guillard and Jeremy Stephens and a welterweight contest between Chris Lytle and Matt Serra.