The Ultimate Fighting Championship will return to the state of Florida for the first time since February 2009 for UFC on FX 3, which will now take place at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise after the city of Fort Lauderdale won the "Hometown Throwdown" contest in conjunction with the UFC and Harley-Davidson.
The UFC announced the results this afternoon. UFC on FX 3 will be headlined by the continuation of the UFC's inaugural flyweight title tournament, which will see a rematch between Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson with the winner meeting Joseph Benavidez for the first-ever UFC flyweight title belt later this year.
McCall and Johnson drew in their first meeting, an exciting back-and-forth battle at UFC on FX 2 earlier this month. A fourth overtime round was not used as Johnson was originally declared the bout's winner by split decision before an error tabulating the judges' scorecards revealed the fight was actually even.
Other rumored bouts for the event include a welterweight battle between longtime veterans Mike Pyle and Josh Neer as well as another pivotal 170 lb clash between standout wrestler Charlie Brenneman and rising Brazilian prospect Erick Silva.
Anthony Johnson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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— A pivotal welterweight bout between Charlie Brenneman and Anthony Johnson has been booked for UFC on Versus 6, a newly-planned event that could take place on October 1 in Washington D.C. Brenneman capitalized on being placed in a last-minute matchup with rising contender Rick Story, grinding out a decision win over the 26-year-old. Johnson fought for the first time in well over a year this past March, winning a unanimous nod over former title challenger Dan Hardy. [UFC.com & Heavy MMA]
— Brandon Vera will return to action and attempt to snap a two-fight losing streak when he faces "Ultimate Fighter" alumnus Eliot Marshall at UFC 137 on October 29 in Las Vegas. Vera was dominated over three rounds against Thiago Silva in May and released from the UFC in January, but the bout was changed to a no-contest after Silva failed a post-fight drug test and Vera was reinstated. He'll take on Marshall, who also returned to the UFC after an unceremonius release in March, falling to Luiz Cane via first-round TKO. [UFC.com]
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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Yves Edwards. Photo courtesy of Bodog Entertainment.
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’s a look at the event’s preliminary bouts, which feature notables Yves Edwards and former WEC featherweight champ Mike Brown among others. We’ll have more on the main card tomorrow.
Paul Daley (right) knocked out Sam Morgan in the first. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC
ATLANTIC CITY - On an exciting night that featured solid, non-stop action and entertaining fights, crowd favorite Eddie Alvarez (12-1) of Kensington, Pa., sent the hometown fans home deliriously happy by knocking out Ross Ebanez (18-6-1) of Hilo, Hawaii, in the second round Friday on the 2008 premiere of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series on Showtime.
In the co-feature presented by Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc.‘s Live Fight Division, EliteXC, talented Paul “Semtex” Daley (17-6-2) of England scored a first-round knockout over Sam “The Squeeze” Morgan (19-10) of St. Paul, Minn.