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RecapRadio: Tyler Shinn, Carson Beebe, Aaron Simpson

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This is a brand new version of RecapRadio featuring some of the best of our interviews with fighters fighting all across the nation.  This episode features interviews with RFA 4 fighter Tyler Shinn, Tachi Palace fighter Carson Beebe, and UFC welterweight Aaron Simpson.  You can either use the player below or download it and listen to the podcast on your mp3 player of choice.


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Aaron Simpson – I’d Fight Twelve Times A Year

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Aaron Simpson fought Mike Pierce at UFC on FX 5 and looked the best he ever has in the UFC until he got caught with a big punch by Pierce that knocked him out.  The loss was a big set back for the former middleweight who knows he has the skills to compete with the top fighters in the division.  MMARecap caught up with him to talk about the loss, how many times he wants to fight next year, and how he thinks Jon Fitch is ducking him.

How’s things going today?
Thing’s are going good. Just dropping my kids off at school, starting the day off.

It’s been just over three weeks since your fight against Mike Pierce at UFC on FX 5.  What are your thoughts on that fight?
I don’t remember it. I fought? 

Yeah, it’s been… I’ve lost sleep over it the last couple weeks. It’s kind of been hard to take. I’ve never been knocked out. I’ve been wobbly in practice – you get hit a little bit – but I’ve never been knocked out cold in my entire life. So I actually came to a point where I’m thinking it can’t happen to me. For some reason I didn’t think it could happen to me. It happens in practice, I’ve done it to people in practice before and done it in fights. So you get a little bit of that, and then I felt so good in my fight, and I felt like I was dominating so much. Looking back at the fight I think I continued that second round as a continuation of the first round, and it wasn’t smart. I should have maybe approached it like I did the first round and kind of eased into it a little bit instead. You know, you’ve got some time to recuperate. I had him on the ropes there towards the end of that first round, and he had some time to recuperate. And he’s a tough dude; he’s not somebody you can easily put away. And I wobbled him, and I slammed him and had his back, and he still was able to fight. Not many people have dominated Mike Pierce like that, and I feel like I was on my way to really putting it on him and even in the second and possibly could have been finishing him in the second and who knows, into the third or whatever. But it’s hard to take, and I’m just gonna move forward.

Now everyone had you winning the first round, and you had Pierce very hurt. Some could say the fight could have been stopped. Did you think the fight was going to be stopped in that round?
I never know, but yeah, I thought that it could have been close. You just never know at what point a ref’s gonna jump in. You can look back at many fights that should have been stopped that never were and then some that were stopped.  You never know, you just keep fighting and hopefully that happens or you drop him yourself or whatever.  I can tell you the honest truth I feel like I’m peaking out right now, I’m at my best. I’ve trained with Carlos Condit, I’ve trained with Josh Koscheck, I know a lot of these welterweights from when I was a middleweight and fighting guys that were way bigger than me and holding my own at middleweight, and now at this weight class I feel like I can beat anybody in the world. What I did to Mike Pierce I can do to any of those guys. I just know that about myself. I have confidence at this weight class and in myself. I don’t know that there is one guy, from GSP to any of the welterweights, that could stop me from picking them up and taking them down and doing some damage to them. But it’s a matter of getting those opportunities now because now I’m down the ladder a little bit.

In watching you fights I have made the comment to my friends that you are a slow starter, but about a minute into the second round something clicks and you turn it on. This fight, you seemed to come out the gate with all cylinders firing. To what do you attribute the differences between your previous fights and this one? Do you think it has to do with being at welterweight now?
Yeah, well, it’s a different weight class. If you look at the guys I fought they’re all big. I mean Mark Munoz is 240 lbs right now, Eric Schafer was a 205 lb that cut down, Ronny Markes was a 205 that cut down. A lot of the guys Chris Leban is a big dude, and he makes that weight class. A lot of the guys that I was fighting at that weight class were 205s that were cutting it to 85, and I was 190 lbs cutting to 185. So it’s a difference now with everything, and it’s a difference in confidence and everything, and I felt that way at that weight class. 

This was your second fight at welterweight. Was the cut easier this time versus the Kenny Robertson fight?
Yeah, well I just had more confidence in it. The first time making it you just don’t know how you’re going to feel, and in the fight I think I held back a little bit because I didn’t know if my body was going to fail me. I just didn’t know. I hadn’t been at that weight in forever. So, yeah, it was definitely easier, and it was easier in the fight knowing that I’ll have three rounds no problem, and I’m in tip top shape.

Is it safe to say you’re not fighting again before the end of this year?
Yeah. You never know. I’m back into training, I’ve just gotta be careful. I can’t get hit or anything. I’m not supposed to be sparring or anything. But I can grapple and wrestle and do everything else. So I’m back at it, and once that 60 days is up you never know what pops up, someone drops out or what, but we’ll see.

Let’s look ahead at the rest of this year and next. How many times do you want to fight by the end of 2013?

Once a month?
Exactly. In wrestling, we went through a national tournament in high school, and you’d wrestle fifteen matches over three days, so you get back to back. So having one is just kind of like almost a let down in a way. It would be nice to actually be able to get right back in there right after one, but I mean it’s kind of the nature of the sport I guess.

You’re the first fighter to say they want to fight twelve times in one year. 
Why not?

Is there anyone in particular in the welterweight division you want to fight?
I’ve always wanted to fight Jon Fitch and now I don’t know. With what he did at that last one and what happened to me, I don’t know that I could conceivably earn that fight or whatever, but yeah he’s definitely one. You know, any of those guys in that top ten division, top five, I would welcome. 

How bummed were you when Fitch had to pull out of that match-up due to injury?
I was really bummed. I was cutting that weight to fight someone at that top caliber because I felt like that was where I should be and that I would beat him and move forward, but it is what it is. You never know. It’s crazy. I don’t think he wanted to fight. In fact, as soon as I won and I was healthy and we asking for him, now he wouldn’t take me, wouldn’t fight me. He went down and fought that kid in Brazil. So… We put it on the table, and he didn’t want it. When he originally signed it, it’s just kind of weird how it happened. And then the fact that he wouldn’t fight me after when he had a new shot … had the new ability to possibly fight somebody else.

Where can the fans find you at online?
Well I’ve got a website,, and I’m looking to have an iPhone app coming out here shortly. Of course, you can follow me on Twitter @aaronsimpson, and I’ve got a Facebook page and all that stuff, but Twitter’s probably the easiest way. Or you can come on down to Power MMA and Fitness in Arizona and see me there every day.

Any sponsors or people you want to thank?
Yeah the big one is just my manager Dave Martin and Randel Aleman at Mag LLC, Martin Advisory Group, they’ve been a big part of my career and just great friends, and I really wanna thank them more than anything. And all the guys at my gym at Power MMA and Fitness. You can kind of find that online. That’s kind of a big one for us. American Ethanol has also been on board with us, and Microtech, which is really a cool deal to be sponsored fighters with what they do, so I appreciate everything they do.  Finally Virtustream.

UFC on FX 5 Quick Results And Bonuses

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UFC on FX 5 Poster

UFC on FX 5 Poster

UFC on FX 5 took place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN on Friday, October 5th. The night of action was shown live on FX with the preliminary card on Fuel TV. The main event featured Travis Browne taking on Antonio Bigfoot Silva.

The bonuses were announced at the post-fight press conference. Michael Johnson, Justin Edwards, Diego Nunes and Bart Palaszewski all earned an extra $40,000 for their performances. Johnson earned the knockout of the night for his second round knockout over Danny Castillo, Edwards earned the submission of the night after choking Neer unconscious just 45 seconds into their bout and Nunes and Palaszewski battle a hard three-round exciting battle for the fight of the night.

Quick Results
Darren Uyenoyama defeated Phil Harris by rear naked choke at 3:38 of round two
Diego Nunes defeated Bart Palaszewski by unanimous decision 30-27, 29-28, 30-27
Jacob Volkmann defeated Shane Roller by guillotine choke at 2:38 of round one
Marcus Levesseur defeated Carlo Prater by split decision 28-29, 29-28, 29-28
Mike Pierce defeated Aaron Simpson by knockout at 0:29 of round two
Michael Johnson defeated Danny Castillo by knockout at 1:06 of round two
Justin Edwards defeated Josh Neer by guillotine choke at 0:45 of round one
John Dodson defeated Jussier Formiga by technical knockout at 4:35 of round two
Jake Ellenberger defeated Jay Hieron by unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
Antonio Silva defeated Travis Browne by technical knockout at 3:27 of round one

UFC on Fuel TV 5 Weigh-In Results; Hallman Released After Missing Weight

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UFC on FX 5 Poster

UFC on FX 5 weigh-ins took place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN.  All the main card fighters made weight, however Dennis Hallman never made it to the scale and was released from the organization.  Earlier in the day he notified Dana White of the issues, was given fluids and knew he would miss weight.  His bout with Thiago Tavares was pulled from the card, and both fighters were given their show and win money.  Hallman was then released from the organization and sent home immediately to deal with his issues.

Also of note, Bart Palaszewski missed weight on his first attempt, but cut the additional weight within the allotted one hour time extension.

The full weigh-in results are:

  • Travis Browne (246) vs. Antonio Silva (266)
  • Jake Ellenberger (170) vs. Jay Hieron (170)
  • John Dodson (126) vs. Jussier Formiga (126)
  • Josh Neer (171) vs. Justin Edwards (170)
  • Yves Edwards (156) vs. Jeremy Stephens (156)
  • Danny Castillo (156) vs. Michael Johnson (156)
  • Shane Roller (156) vs. Jacob Volkmann (155)
  • Diego Nunes (146) vs. Bart Palaszewski (146)
  • Phil Harris (125) vs. Darren Uyenoyama (125)
  • Marcus LeVesseur (156) vs. Carlo Prater (156)
  • Mike Pierce (171) vs. Aaron Simpson (171)

Mike Pierce – The Fight Is The Icing On The Cake

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Mike Pierce is looking to put together back-to-back wins inside the UFC cage for the first time since February of 2011. Standing across from him is former middleweight Aaron Simpson who will be fighting at welterweight for the second time in his UFC career. The two will be locked inside the octagon on Friday, October 5th as part of UFC on FX 5. MMARecap caught up with Pierce to talk about his upcoming fight, his career and more.

How’s it going today?
Things are going great.

Do you get excited as the fight nears?
Yeah I do. Because the training process gets a little grueling after a while. The fight is kind of like the icing on the cake and you get to do what you have been training to do and have fun doing it.

We are about a week and a half out from your fight at UFC on FX 5 against Aaron Simpson. What was your thoughts when you were first offered the fight?
I was all for it. Another opportunity to beat someone up and move on up the ranks. He’s a tough guy and brings the fight every time.

While Simpson has had a fight at this weight class already, was there any concern on your part about the fact that he is a former middleweight now fighting at welterweight?
Not at all. I have fought other guys who were in the same situation. Paul Bradley I fought twice actually. Once at a catch weight of 180 and then at welterweight after he came down to fight in the UFC. He’s a big strong kid with a solid wrestling base. Nothing I couldn’t handle. Simpson will be a nice worth opponent.

You just mentioned the good wrestling base and you have fought a lot of good wrestlers through out your career. Some have been more stand up and others more grappling. Do you see this fight being one to see who has the better grappling base or do you think it is going to be a test of who has the better will and striking and you two will stand and trade?
It is going to be tough to say. I am going to say he wants to take things to the ground cause he does really well when he is on top. I think my striking is better than his and I think once I hit him a couple times he will go back to what he’s been training his whole life and that’s wrestling. I don’t think he will have success there. I have done well against other wrestlers.

Seeing Simpson fight he’s one of those guys who seems to start off slow and then as the fight goes on he tends to have a larger gas tank and can turn up the heat as the fight wears on. What is the thought process of how to deal with a guy who is a slower starter, but a strong finisher?
It is something that I kind of have a bit of myself. Sometimes I start out slow and as it goes on I get stronger and better. My goal is to come out strong and keep it there and break him down mentally and physically and get my hand raised.

Looking at your career in the UFC you have been in there with some seriously bad dudes. In fact the only loses you have are to guys who fought for the title or are about to fight in a number one contender fight. What do you think that says about your position in the UFC’s stacked welterweight division?
I think it speaks volumes. All those guys are tough. Two out of the three fought for a championship and lost. And one of those guys I think I beat. So I think I know where I stand up in the division. Aaron Simpson is the guy in front of me and that’s what I have to do on the fifth.

Any sponsors or people you want to thank?
Paradigm Sports Management, All the coaches and training partners I have had. Sports Lab.

Where can the fans find you at? and @mikepierce170

UFC on Fuel 4: Muñoz vs. Weidman – Fight Results

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UFC on Fuel 4 took place this Wednesday night at the HP Pavilion. The fans at the HP Pavilion as well as the viewers at home were treated to a great night of fights. The main event on paper really seemed like it would be a close affair, but we saw a one-sided performance by Chris Weidman over Mark Muñoz.  Weidman outwrestled Muñoz in the first round, and in the second Weidman caught Muñoz coming in with a viscous elbow that dropped Muñoz to the floor. From there Weidman rained down with punches until he was pulled off by referee, Josh Rosenthol. In the post fight speech, Weidman called out champion, Anderson Silva, for his next fight and alerted the UFC brass that every time he has had a full camp, he has gotten a finish. Weidman improves his undefeated record to 9-0.

In the co-main event James Te-Huna and Joey Beltran put on a 3 round war. Beltran, who was making his light heavyweight debut, took a five minute beating in the first round, and was almost finished multiple times. Beltran was able to survive, and came out in the second and the third bring the fight to Te-Huna. At the end of the second, Beltran almost dropped Te-Huna, but the whole fight all together belonged to Te-Huna. They broke the record for most significant strikes landed in one fight in the light heavyweight division, and Te-Huna did more than enough to get the unanimous decision.


UFC on Fuel Fight Bonuses ($40,000)

Fight of The Night: James Te-Huna Vs Joey Beltran
Knockout of The Night: Chris Weidman
Submission of The Night: Alex Caceres


UFC On Fuel Official Results:

Mark Muñoz vs. Chris Weidman
Chris Weidman defeats Mark Muñoz by Technical Knockout at 1:37 of round 2

Light Heavyweight
James Te-Huna vs. Joey Beltran
James Te-Huna defeats Joey Beltran by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Welterweight 30-27 29-28xs
Aaron Simpson vs. Kenny Robertson
Aaron Simpson defeats Kenny Robertson by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28×2)

Karlos Vemola vs. Francis Carmont
Francis Carmont defeats Karlos Vemola by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:39 of round 2

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Vaughan Lee
T.J. Dillashaw defeats Vaughan Lee by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:33 in round 1

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Anthony Njokuani
Rafael dos Anjos defeats Anthony Njokuani by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)


Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Damacio Page vs. Alex Caceres
Alex Caceres defeats Damacio Page by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:27 of round 2

Chris Cariaso vs. Josh Ferguson
Chris Cariaso defeats Josh Ferguson by Unanimous Decision (30-27×3)

Rafael Natal vs. Andrew Craig
Andrew Craig defeats Rafael Natal by Knockout (Head Kick) at 4:52 of round 2

Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Dan Stittgen
Marcelo Guimaraes defeats Dan Stittgen via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Raphael Assunção vs. Issei Tamura
Raphael Assunção defeats Issei Tamura  by Technical Knockout (strikes) at :35 of round 2

UFC on Fuel 4: Muñoz vs. Weidman – Weigh-in Results

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The weigh ins for UFC On FUEL 4: Munoz vs Weidman took place today in San Jose, California. All fighters made weight, and all fights are set to go down tomorrow night at the HP Pavillion. The main event features Mark Muñoz and Chris Weidman, and although it has not been announced by UFC brass, rumors run rampant that this fight could determine the next opponent for Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.

The event will be broadcast live on FUEL TV tomorrow night, and below are the full results.

Mark Muñoz 186 lbs
Chris Weidman 186 lbs

Light Heavyweight
James Te-Huna 205 lbs
Joey Beltran 205 lbs

Aaron Simpson 171 lbs
Kenny Robertson 170 lbs

Karlos Vemola 186 lbs
Francis Carmont 186 lbs

T.J. Dillashaw 136 lbs
Vaughan Lee 135 lbs

Rafael dos Anjos 156 lbs
Anthony Njokuani 156 lbs

Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Damacio Page 136 lbs
Alex Caceres 136 lbs

Chris Cariaso 125 lbs
Josh Ferguson 125 lbs

Rafael Natal 186 lbs
Andrew Craig 185 lbs

Marcelo Guimaraes 171 lbs
Dan Stittgen 170 lbs

Raphael Assunção 136 lbs
Issei Tamura 135 lbs

UFC on Fuel TV 1 Delivers; 50k Bonuses Awarded

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For the first event to air on Fuel TV, the fighters held nothing back and left it all on the line. The night of action featured three preliminary fights shown on Facebook and six fights airing live on Fuel TV. Jake Ellenberger and Diego Sanchez headlined the event at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska.

Ivan Menjivar submits John Albert - via Iron Forges Iron

Ivan Menjivar submits John Albert - via Iron Forges Iron

While several fighters threatened their opponent with submission attempts, only Ivan Menjivar was able to secure one to force his opponent tap. In a very exciting first fight on the broadcast, Menjivar took on John Albert. The fight only lasted 3:45 but it seemed like the action was never ending. Albert hurt Menjivar multiple times in the fight and nearly finished him with submission of his own. Unfortunately when he couldn’t finish a submission, Menjivar used the opportunity to take the back of Albert and quickly worked to get a rear naked choke and the victory.

Three fights ended in either a technical knockout or actual knockout. Jonathan Brookins sent Vagnar Rocha to la-la land with heavy shots while Rocha was looking to secure a heel hook submission. Many fighters will try to roll out of the submission, but Brookins seized the opportunity to just land massive punches and earn the victory.

Many thought that regardless of the winner of Stefan Struve and Dave Herman, the outcome would happen by knockout. Herman found his range in the first round and stumbled Struve on more than one occasion. But Struve got his rhythm at the start of the second and it was all over for Herman. Struve took Herman down and quickly mounted him. Struve postured up and was able to land punch after punch until the ref was forced to halt the fight.

Stipe Miocic KO's Philip De Fries - via Iron Forges Iron

Stipe Miocic KO's Philip De Fries - via Iron Forges Iron

But the knockout of the night came from Stipe Miocic when he sent Philip De Fries to the canvas. De Fries, a submission expert, looked to stand and trade with Miocic and stumbled the striker. But Miocic returned fire and after a big right hand, De Fries was back peddling. Miocic continued his assault and De Fries was sent unconscious.

T.J. Dillashaw put a beating on Walel Watson like no one had predicted. Dillashaw used his wrestling to control his position on top of Watson. Through out the first two rounds Dillashaw nearly finished as he was looking for submissions and when they weren’t there landed heavy punches. Both rounds were so dominant that two judges scored them 10-8 for Dillashaw. The third round Watson was able to mount a little bit of offense, but Dilashaw went back to his wrestling and once the fight was on the ground, he was the fighter on offense.

Jake Ellenberger vs Diego Sanchez - via Iron Forges Iron

Jake Ellenberger vs Diego Sanchez - via Iron Forges Iron

The main event was only a three-round fight, a mistake that was made after the UFC announced all main events would be five rounds. It would be interesting to see how this fight would have played out if there were two more rounds as it was by far the most exciting fight of the night. The first two rounds Jake Ellenberger dominated Diego Sanchez with his heavy punches and knees. Sanchez was a bloody mess just a few minutes into the fight. The third round Sanchez was still energized and seemed to have a bit more in his gas tank than Ellenberger and it showed as Sanchez was able to land his strikes. After five minutes Ellenberger was just as bloodied as Sanchez but it wasn’t enough for Sanchez as Ellenberger had won the first two rounds.

Ellenberger, Sanchez, Miocic, and Menjivar all earned an extra $50,000 for their performances.

Quick Results
Jake Ellenberger def. Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Stefan Struve def. Dave Herman via TKO (punches from mount) – Round 2, 3:52
Ronny Markes def. Aaron Simpson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Stipe Miocic def. Philip De Fries via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:43
T.J. Dillashaw def. Walel Watson via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)
Ivan Menjivar def. John Albert via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:45
Jonathan Brookins def. Vagner Rocha via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:32
Justin Salas def. Anton Kuivanen via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Tim Means def. Bernado Magalhaes vis unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

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UFC on Fuel TV 1: Aaron Simpson versus Ronny Markes preview

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Aaron Simpson
An intriguing middleweight fight is set for the debut offering of UFC on Fuel TV. Aaron Simpson will take on Ronny Markes at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska. The event takes place on Wednesday, February 15th.

Markes made his UFC debut at UFC on Versus 5 against Karlos Vemola when he stepped in for an injured Stephan Bonnar. Markes applied constant pressure to Vemola through out the fight, seemingly taking him down at will.

The only downside was that Markes didn’t have much of answer for what to do next. Vemola tried to escape and did at times, forcing Markes to clinch and take the fight to the ground time after time. The fight was a unanimous decision for for Markes, but not an impressive one.

After the fight, Markes stated that he would be dropping down to the middleweight division for the duration of his UFC career.

Simpson is riding a three-fight win streak into the fight with victories over Eric Schafer, Brad Tavares, and Mario Miranda. Prior to the win streak, Simpson suffered back-to-back losses to Mark Munoz and Chris Leben.

Simpson entered the UFC in early 2009 and showed that his wrestling ability is extremely dangerous and to look out for it. He used it to earn a come-from-behind victory over Tom Lawlor to earn the Fight of the Night bonus.

What makes this fight so intriguing is that Markes has shown he likes to take people down and hold them there, but Simpson posses the wrestling knowledge and skills to avoid the takedowns. The adage of wrestlers dictate where the fight ends up, likely will apply here, but will most likely mean that the two stand and throw leather instead of take the other down. Much like Tyson Griffin versus Sean Sherk, this could become an exciting slug-fest for that reason.

While I don’t think all the action will take place standing, I am expecting one fighter to be successful with his takedowns. I am looking for Simpson to generate enough damage on the feet to be able to take Markes down and grind out a decision.

UFC 102 Fighters Test Clean

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UFC 102 Poster

UFC 102 Poster

All six fighters tested for banned substances came back clean.  The Oregon State Athletic Commission announced the results on Friday September 11.

The only test of note came from Chris Leben who was tested both pre and post fight according to the report.  Leben tested positive for the steroid Stanozolol after his fight with Michael Bisping.  Leben’s loss to Jake Rosholt was his first fight back after serving a nine-month suspension.

Other fighters that were tested after their fight include: main event fighters Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Todd Duffe, Evan Dunham and Aaron Simpson.