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.
The UFC made three more fights for its spring lineup of fight cards official on Sunday.
The promotion announced today that Eric Wisely will step in as a replacement opponent for Jason Young at UFC on FUEL TV 2 on April 14. Young was originally slated to face "TUF 14" cast member and Sweden natve Akira Corassani, who was forced off the show after suffering an injury during training. In addtion, UFC newcomers Yoislandy Izquierdo and Reza Madadi will battle in a lightweight affair that has been added to the event's preliminary undercard.
Brazilian phenom Edson Barboza will also make a quick return to action, signing to face fellow lightweight contender Evan Dunham at UFC 146 on May 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada per UFC President Dana White this evening. The fight will likely be part of the event's televised PPV main card.
Chris Weidman. Photo courtesy of Ring of Combat.
The UFC has continued a week of non-stop matchmaking, announcing three additional fights for future events on Saturday, including an intriguing middleweight clash between heralded prospect Chris Weidman and slick "TUF" alumnus Tom Lawlor.
The Weidman-Lawlor bout will take place at UFC 138, the organization's first foray into San Jose, the former home base of Strikeforce, on November 19.
Other fights announced over the weekend include Evan Dunham's return to action against recent "Ultimate Fighter" season thirteen competitor Shamar Bailey at UFC Fight Night 25 on September 17 and Johnny Eduardo's UFC debut as he replaces Darren Uyenoyama against Rafael Assuncao at UFC 134 in Brazil on August 27.
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?
Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for UFC 102.
The event will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between former UFC heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture and former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Also on the card will be a light heavyweight attraction featuring Keith Jardine and Thiago Silva.
Feel free to leave your predictions as well in our comments section.