UFC Fight Night 137: Evan Dunham says he will retire after fighting Francisco Trinaldo
UFC lightweight Evan Dunham (18-7-1) took to his Instagram account to reveal that he plans to retire after his bout with Francisco Trinaldo (22-6-0) at Sao Paulo’s UFC Fight Night 137.
Time flies when your having fun. https://t.co/yMjfy0isSA
— Evan Dunham (@evandunham155) April 15, 2018
Dunham, 36 is winless in his last two fights (0-1-1), but has compiled an 11-7-1 record in the octagon against some of the best names in the division in just under 10 years of competition. He joined the UFC in February 2009, winning his first bout via TKO at UFC 95. He will likely be remembered for some memorable fights against Tyson Griffin, Donald Cerrone, and Edson Barboza.
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September 22 will be my last fight. I can retire from the sport that I love with my head held high. I know that I never held anything back while in the cage and September 22 will be no different. My goals and priorities have shifted throughout the years and I am ready to concentrate on building my gym, as well as any new opportunities that come my way. I have gone toe 2 toe with many of the worlds best competitors and I am truly grateful for this. My passion for Jiu Jitsu will continue to be a driving force in my gym and at select Jiu Jitsu competitions. I want to thank my family, friends and fans for all of your support throughout the years.
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Trinaldo, who hails from Curitiba, Brazil, likely has other ideas. The 39-year-old has lost two of his last three fights, including a decision to James Vick at UFC Fight Night 126 in February. He will have the hometown advantage.
UFC Fight Night 137 is scheduled for Sept. 22 at the Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tentative bouts include:
Mark Godbeer (13-4-0) vs. Luis Henrique (10-4-0)
Glover Teixeira (27-7-0) vs. Jimi Manuwa (17-4-0)
Alex Chambers (11-1-0) vs. Livia Renata Souza (5-4-0)
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (19-5-0) vs. Belal Muhammad (14-2-0)
Sam Alvey (33-10-0) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (22-8-0)
Francisco Trinaldo (22-6-0) vs. Evan Dunham (18-7-1()
Thales Leites (27-9-0) vs. Hector Lombard (34-9-1, 2 NCs)
Neil Magny (21-6-0) vs. Alex Oliveira (18-5-1)