Whoever said that ‘the numbers don’t lie’ is straight up fibbing to Evan Dunham. According to the Fight Metric, the talented lightweight outpointed former champ Sean Sherk in nearly every statistical category in his controversial split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) loss at UFC 119.
According to the Octagon’s official number crunchers, Dunham landed significantly more strikes in the final two rounds. However, Sherk was able to secure two takedowns in the middle stanza and another in the final round. On the flipside, Dunham attempted four submissions in the 2ndRound and one in the third.
Sherk also opened up a disgusting gash near Dunham’s right eyebrow in the 1stRound, which certainly didn’t help how the contest was perceived for the remainder of the fight.
Whatever it is that caused two of three judges sitting Octagon-side to award the veteran the victory will never be known. One thing’s for sure, they certainly weren’t grading the 155-pounders off the Fight Metric’s statistics (or perhaps they were. Who knows nowadays?).
Although the 28-year-old appeared to do enough to leave Indy with a W, he had to settle for notching his first professional blemish instead. Regardless, Dunham’s stock went up significantly in defeat so the night wasn’t a complete dud.
Obviously, a fight can’t be decided by merely glancing at a stat sheet. However, these dubious decision continue to spotlight the ongoing confusion that is MMA officiating.
Here is an in-depth look at the Sherk vs. Dunham numbers (Courtesy of Fight Metric):