There are a lot of fighters out there that would tell you straight up that there’s no way they would fight their training partners under any circumstances, and there’s nothing more to discuss. Evan Dunham has never been that guy.
With news of an impending match-up between himself and Tyson Griffin on the horizon, a closer look would reveal that there’s much more than initially meets the eye in this 155 pound showdown. Dunham and Griffin have been going at it on the battle ridden mats of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas for quite some time running.
“I’ve been training at Xtreme Couture for a little over a year now,” said Dunham in a recent conversation with FiveOuncesofPain.com. “I came there about a year and a half ago for about a week or so, and then in December of 2008 I did a five week camp at Xtreme Couture for a fight. Ever since then I’ve made the trip down here before all of my fights and in between camps too, just to stay sharp. So I’ve been here at Xtreme Couture very consistently for over a year.”
When asked whether he would have problem facing off with one of his teammates at Xtreme Couture, there was no hesitation in Evan’s response.
“It wouldn’t bother me,” quickly answered Dunham. “I would take the fight because this is our job. You fight whoever they tell you to. Gray [Maynard] is a great training partner, and so is Tyson [Griffin]. It would kind of suck because those are the guys that I would love to have get me ready for all of my fights, so I would have to find a different outlet for training partners. If that road were to ever come up, I would talk to them about it, and I’m sure that we wouldn’t have a problem with it.”
It doesn’t appear that either Dunham or Tyson Griffin had a problem with it as the two will likely face off at UFC 115 which is expected to take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on June 12 from the GM Place.