Matt Mitrione file photo: Sherdog.com
Though their 15-minute barnburner ended in a controversial split
decision, former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk and
the man he defeated, world-ranked Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt
Dunham, banked matching $70,000 “Fight of the Night” bonuses in
wake of UFC
119 “Mir vs. Cro Cop” on Saturday at the Conseco Fieldhouse in
In his first appearance in more than a year, Sherk claimed a split
nod from the judges against the previously unbeaten Dunham. The
boisterous crowd and many cage-side observers saw it differently.
The 37-year-old Minnesota Martial Arts Academy standout came out
strong, as he put Dunham on the canvas in the first-round and
wounded him with an elbow from half guard. The blow left a lateral
gash near Dunham’s right eye.
Dunham responded and exploited his advantage standing in rounds two
and three. Still, Sherk’s submission defense and takedowns, along
with the damage he exacted with his elbow, were enough to bring the
judges to his side.
Meanwhile, heavyweights Matt
Mitrione and Joey
Beltran also pocketed $70,000 “Fight of the Night” bonuses
after their three-round donnybrook ended in a unanimous decision
victory for Mitrione. Spawned by Season 10 of “The Ultimate
Fighter” reality series, Mitrione, a former NFL player, remains
unbeaten in three professional appearances.
Finally, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7 finalist C.B.
Dollaway earned a $70,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus after
he coaxed a tapout from Canadian journeyman Joe Doerksen
with a first-round guillotine choke. Doerksen had not been
submitted inside the first round in nearly nine years.
UFC officials did not award a “Knockout of the Night” bonus,
despite former heavyweight champion Frank Mir’s
third-round KO against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic in the main event.