Mark Bocek-Evan Dunham Lightweight Contest Added to ‘TUF Nations’ Finale

By Mike Whitman Jan 30, 2014
A lightweight showdown between Mark Bocek and Evan Dunham has been added to the April 16 "TUF Nations" finale, UFC officials announced Thursday.

The event takes place at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City and will feature a welterweight battle of “TUF Nations” coaches, as Patrick Cote meets Kyle Noke. The finale will also see “TUF” winners crowned in the welterweight and middleweight divisions in a pair of to-be-announced matchups.

Bocek, 32, has not competed since November 2012, when Rafael dos Anjos snapped the Canadian’s two-fight winning streak by handing him a unanimous decision defeat at UFC 154. The jiu-jitsu ace was then expected to return to the Octagon this past September, but Bocek was forced to withdraw from a planned UFC 165 appearance due to injury.

Dunham, meanwhile, has lost three of his last four fights. The southpaw kicked off 2013 with a victory over Gleison Tibau but was then outpointed last May by dos Anjos in a widely disputed judges’ verdict. Most recently, Dunham was submitted by Donald Cerrone, as “Cowboy” tapped the Oregon native with a triangle choke this past November at UFC 167.

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