by Tom Hamlin – MMAWeekly.com
Undefeated lightweight Evan Dunham will replace an injured David Baron to face Per Eklund at UFC 95 in London.
Fiveouncesofpain.com was the first to report the news, and MMAWeekly.com subsequently confirmed it with sources from Dunham’s camp. The Eugene, Or. native will fulfill the first of a four-fight contract with the promotion for the short-notice replacement.
Dunham, 27, currently trains out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas and is undefeated in seven professional appearances. He last submitted Dustin Akbari by rear naked choke at Palace Fighting Championship 12 in Lemoore, Calif.
The newcomer is excited for the opportunity, even on short notice.
“I know he’s got good ground, he’s really experienced…overall he’s a really good fighter,” Dunham told MMAWeekly.com. “I feel great about it, because the last three guys I’ve fought have been all ground guys. So I really don’t have to change much about my game plan.
“I think we match up really well. I just came off a fight two weeks ago, and I had a really hard training camp in (Vegas), so I didn’t get too out of shape. I’m still ready to go.”
The bout is currently the second bout on the Feb. 21 undercard, featuring headliner Joe Stevenson vs. Diego Sanchez.