Whether we agree with it or not, Benson Henderson is still the UFC lightweight champion and Frankie Edgar is headed back to the drawing board for the first time in four years.
UFC 150 provided us with another potential storm of controversy at 155 lbs, but UFC president Dana White is determined to move forward within the division. At this point, who can blame him? The title’s last six defenses have featured the same four fighters.
So as promised, Henderson will defend the belt against top contender Nate Diaz later this year, while Edgar faces a multitude of questions regarding his future, none more prevalent than the option to drop to featherweight – a move that would appease many.
What about the other fighters that competed in Denver this past weekend? Well, here’s a list of potential matchups the UFC could make down the line.
Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
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— The UFC has confirmed a trio of fights for its inaugural trip to Houston, Texas this fall, signing the following bouts for UFC 136 on October 8: Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon, Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago and Dave Herman vs. Mike Russow. [UFC.com]
— UFC and EliteXC veteran Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson has been matched up against fellow newcomer James Wade for his boxing debut on August 13 at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. "Just like in MMA, Kimbo Slice is walking around with bull's-eye on his back. His opponents know they can make themselves known to the world if they can take him out," said Jared Shaw, Team Kimbo Promotional Advisor in a press release. "To Kimbo it's a pro boxing debut. To James Wade, this is a world championship fight." [Gary Shaw Productions]
Yves Edwards. Photo by Esther Lin/CombatLifestyle.com.
Yves Edwards took home $60,000 in post-fight bonuses following his second-round submission win over "TUF" alumnus Cody McKenzie at UFC Fight for the Troops II on Saturday.
Edwards received "Submission of the Night" honors for choking McKenzie out cold with a rear-naked choke to end their lightweight tilt. The bout also earned "Fight of the Night" commendations as well, leaving McKenzie with some extra cash too.
Melvin Guillard, who shocked many with a swift finish of Evan Dunham, world-ranked at 155 lbs, took home the "Knockout of the Night" award. Guillard stopped Dunham with a series of punches and knees less than three minutes into their main event attraction.
Melvin Guillard. Photo courtesy of Silver Star Casting Company.
Melvin Guillard promises that he'll be either fighting for the UFC lightweight title or going undefeated for a second straight year in 2011. He's off to a running start.
Guillard put on one of his most impressive performances to date, easily dispatching of the world-ranked Evan Dunham with a barrage of punches and knees in the first round of their main event bout at the UFC's second "Fight for the Troops" event at Fort Hood, TX.
"I want my title shot. I'm the dark horse in this game at 155. No disrespect to anybody in my weight class, but I am the best 155-pound fighter in the UFC," Guillard said after the fight. "You keep lining them up and I'll keep knocking them down, and I will go undefeated in 2011, and I will get a title by the end of 2011 or by 2012 at the latest."
We will be going live at 6:20 PM ET with live results of tonight's "UFC Fight for the Troops II" event, which takes place at the Fort Hood military complex just outside of Killeen, TX.
The card is headlined by a lightweight duel between Melvin Guillard and Evan Dunham. Preliminary bouts will be streamed at Facebook.com/UFC at 7 PM ET and the main is televised live on Spike starting at 9 PM ET.
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Main-eventers Evan Dunham and Melvin Guillard discuss their lightweight showdown and work out for the media in preparation for tonight's UFC Fight for the Troops II event, which airs live on Spike starting at 9 PM ET.
After the jump is interviews from some of the fighters on the preliminary card, including Yves Edwards, Cody McKenzie, Mike Guymon and DaMarcus Johnson.
Matt Mitrione. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
All 22 combatants for tomorrow night's UFC Fight for the Troops II event officially made weight during weigh-ins this afternoon at the Fort Hood military base just outside of Killeen, TX.
A total of eleven fights are scheduled for the card, spearheaded by a main event lightweight duel between Evan Dunham and replacement opponent Melvin Guillard. Matt Mitrione and Tim Hague will collide in the co-headliner. The show benefits the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
The official weigh-in results are after the jump.
Melvin Guillard. Photo courtesy of Denaro Sports Marketing.
The UFC will hold their second event of the new year this Saturday in the form of UFC Fight Night 23, (or UFC Fight for the Troops II, whatever you want to call it really) which will take place at the Fort Hood military post just outside of Killeen, in hopes of raising money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
A total of eleven fights are scheduled for the card, spearheading by a main event lightweight duel between Evan Dunham and replacement opponent Melvin Guillard. Matt Mitrione and Tim Hague will collide in the co-headliner.
Here is a look at the event's main card, which also features a strikers duel between Pat Barry and Joey Beltran as well as a battle between Mark Hominick and George Roop with UFC featherweight title implications on the line.
A pivotal matchup in the UFC’s lightweight division is only days away. So who do you have? Will Melvin’s Guillard’s sprawl and brawl game be enough to overcome Evan Dunham’s slick submissions, or will Dunham bounce back from a controversial loss to Sean Sherk?
Melvin Guillard. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
One of the more busy weeks in MMA will kick off on Wednesday when the UFC holds UFC Fight Night 19 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma before premiering the first episode of the tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show on Spike TV.
Headlining UFC Fight Night 19 will be a lightweight clash between “Ultimate Fighter 5” winner Nate Diaz and colorful striker and fellow “TUF” alumnus Melvin Guillard as well as Roger Huerta’s potential final UFC bout against standout wrestler Gray Maynard.