The UFC returns for its third event in consecutive weeks and it's a big one - the promotion's annual Super Bowl weekend event in Las Vegas.
This year's edition features a "superfight" of sorts as UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his title, welcoming former UFC lightweight king Frankie Edgar to the division. Alistair Overeem will also return to action for the first time after a year-long layoff. He will face fellow Strikeforce import Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva for a shot at Cain Velasquez and the UFC heavyweight belt.
My predictions are after the jump.
Benson Henderson def. Nathan Diaz - Decision (Unanimous)
Alexander Gustafsson def. Mauricio Rua - Decision (Unanimous)
Rory MacDonald def. BJ Penn - Decision (Unanimous)
Matt Brown def. Mike Swick - KO (Punches)
Yves Edwards def. Jeremy Stephens - KO (Punches & Elbows)
Raphael Assuncao def. Mike Easton - Decision (Unanimous)
Ramsey Nijem def. Joe Proctor - Decision (Unanimous)
Daron Cruickshank def. Henry Martinez - KO (Kick)
Abel Trujillo def. Marcus LeVesseur - TKO (Knees)
Dennis Siver def. Nam Phan - Decision (Unanimous)
Scott Jorgensen def. John Albert - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
UFC veterans Victor Valamaki and Razak Al-Hassan were scheduled to fight yesterday at Aggression FC 14 in Edmonton, Alberta. The fight was cancelled when doctors refused to allow Valimaki to fight.
Valimaki apologized on Facebook, “Sorry guys, doc wouldn’t let me fight due to kidney failure from too big of a weight cut. Thanks everyone for the support, I feel like shit for letting everyone down. Time for a move up in weight so watch out heavyweights!”
Yves Edwards and Jeremy Stephens will finally lock horns at UFC on Fox 5 as it’s being reported that Stephens will step in and replace John Cholish who was forced to withdraw with a groin injury. Stephens and Edwards were originally slated to fight at UFC on FX 5 but the fight was scrapped when Stephens was arrested on an old warrant. [MMA Junkie]
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.
From Strikeforce’s “Destruction” event in November 2008, here’s longtime UFC fighter Yves Edwards taking on fellow seasoned veteran Duane Ludwig in a lightweight matchup.
Roan Carneiro. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
UFC veterans Roan Carneiro and Yves Edwards were victorious in their respective featured bouts at Shine Fights’s second-ever event, dubbed “American Top Team vs. The World” at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida on Friday night.
Carneiro used superior grappling to earn a three-round unanimous decision over Brazilian MMA pioneer Jorge Patino while Edwards submitted replacement opponent James Warfield with a triangle choke in the second round.