by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
It seemed like comeback was the theme of UFC Fight Night in Virginia.
Following a first round that saw him scramble to stay alive, Evan Dunham turned the tables on former “Ultimate Fighter” winner, Efrain Escudero, locking up an armbar submission in the third round.
In the first round, Efrain Escudero continued to show off the striking he showcased in his fight against Cole Miller, by coming after Dunham with some heavy duty punches, rocking the Oregon fighter several times.
Dunham turned on the after burners to get away from Escudero and live to fight another round. And fight he did.
Like a flip got switched, Dunham came out like a ball of fire in the next two rounds, taking Escudero down and dominating the Arizona based fighter with a ground attack, moving from guard to taking his back at will.
In the third round after battling out of a guillotine choke, Dunham got the upper hand and rolled for a triangle choke and before Escudero could get out of trouble, he found himself on the bad end of a nasty armbar.
Escudero tried his best to fight out of the hold, but Dunham had a “tap or snap” mentality, and eventually the former “Ultimate Fighter” had to succumb to the submission, tapping out and giving Dunham the win.
After the fight ended, Escudero remained on the mat in obvious pain from the armbar, and left the Octagon immediately for medical assistance. Dunham is now 3-0 in the UFC, and continues to impress with every fight.