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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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.
Efrain Escudero. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“Ultimate Fighter 8” lightweight winner Efrain Escudero kept his perfect record intact on Saturday night, scoring a devastating first-round stoppage of fellow “TUF” alumnus and skilled grappler Cole Miller during the preliminary portion of UFC 103.
Both Escudero and Miller opted to spend the first couple minutes of their Spike TV-televised attraction feeling each other out on the feet. Miller used a substantial reach advantage to land a number of jabs and stiff right hands while Escudero timed some of Miller’s leg kicks and put Miller on the mat on two separate occasions.
We will be going live at 6:00 PM ET with live results of UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort”, which will take place at a sold out American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The event’s televised main card will be broadcast live on pay-per-view starting at 10:00 PM ET. An additional hour of preliminary bouts will also be shown on Spike TV starting at 9:00 PM ET prior to that.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort headlines the event, returning to the UFC in a 195 lb catchweight bout against former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. A heavyweight contenders clash between formidable strikers Mirko Cro Cop and Junior Dos Santos serves as the co-main event.
Spike TV has officially announced that it will air a portion of UFC 103’s undercard live and commercial-free on Saturday, September 19 at 9 PM EST.
“Providing an action-packed UFC pay-per-view, live and commercial free to our viewers on both coasts, further illustrates Spike TV and the UFC’s commitment to its fans,” Spike TV president Kevin Kay said to UFC.com.
Efrain Escudero. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are your fight announcements for the morning of April 22, 2009.
— “Ultimate Fighter 8” lightweight winner Efrain Escudero will fight for the first time since defeating fellow castmate Phillipe Nover at the “Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale in December against American Top Team member Cole Miller at the yet-to-be-announced UFC 103 event in September. Escudero announced the bout during a recent Q&A session with fans on his official website on Tuesday. [MMA Madness]
— A rematch between seasoned veteran Aaron Riley and “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Shane Nelson has reportedly been booked to take place at UFC 101, which takes place on August 8 in Philadelphia. Riley and Nelson originally met at UFC 96 in March, where Nelson defeated Riley via TKO in just 44 seconds following a controversial stoppage by referee Rick Fike. UFC President Dana White promised a rematch between the two following the event, and has obviously delivered. [MMA Weekly]
— A lightweight bout between undefeated prospects Matt Veach and Evan Dunham has reportedly been agreed upon by both fighters to take place at UFC 102, which is expected to take place on August 29 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. Veach was impressive in his UFC debut back in February, scoring a minor upset of wrestler Matt Grice while Dunham recently scored a first-round TKO of Per Eklund at UFC 95. [Five Ounces of Pain]
Brian Stann. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship yesterday confirmed multiple previously rumored bouts that are scheduled to take place at the organization’s separate April events later this year.
Added to the UFC’s return to Canada on April 18 for UFC 97 were a total of four bouts. Former WEC Brian Stann will make his UFC debut against “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Krzysztof Soszynski on the event’s televised main card.
Stann was slated to take on Steve Cantwell in the third career bout between the two this past December, but was forced out of the bout with a foot injury. Soszynski comes into the fight with one UFC win already under his belt in the form of a second-round submission of Shane Primm.
And people say leg-kicks don’t hurt? MMAjunkie.com posted the medical suspensions for UFC 86 with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson out until possibly January 2nd, 2009!:
- Quinton Jackson - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left knee, tibia, fibia and thumb injuries (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor); minimum suspension until Aug. 5 with no contact until July 27 for precautionary reasons
- Forrest Griffin - suspended until Sept. 4 due to right-upper-eyelid laceration (can be cleared early by doctor)
- Chris Lytle - suspended until Sept. 4 due to laceration near right eye (can be cleared early by doctor)
- Josh Koscheck - suspended until Aug. 5 with no contact July 27 for precautionary reasons
- Marcus Aurelio - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left-thumb ligament injury (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor); minimum suspension until Aug. 5 with no contact until July 27 for precautionary reasons
- Justin McCully - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left-shoulder injury (can be cleared early by doctor)
- Cole Miller - suspended until Sept. 4 due to facial lacerations (can be cleared early by doctor)
- Jorge Gurgel - suspended until Jan. 2 due to right tibia, fibia and elbow injuries (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor)
- Dennis Siver - suspended until Aug. 20 with no contact until Aug. 5 for precautionary reasons
- Justin Buchholz - suspended until Sept. 4 due to scalp laceration (can be cleared early by doctor)