Matt Mitrione

The Daily Recap: Mitrione Says No to VADA, Ricci on TUF & More

Matt Mitrione. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Matt Mitrione, who faces Roy Nelson this Saturday, has turned down Nelson’s request for random drug testing by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. Mitrione told MMA Junkie, “Since I was coming on somewhat short notice, cutting a couple weeks out of my camp, and training for a five-round fight, this is something I wanted to make sure I didn't have anything that could distract me.”

Ronda Rousey was officially crowned the UFC women’s bantamweight champion this weekend at the UFC on Fox 5 pre-fight press conference. Following the event, UFC president Dana White said Rousey is currently signed to an eight-fight deal and the women’s division will basically live and die with Rousey. [USA Today]

Mike Ricci and Colton Smith both won their The Ultimate Fighter 16 semi-final fights which aired on Friday and will now appear in the finale set for this Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada. I recommend checking out Ricci’s interview on The MMA Hour where he gave a candid breakdown of his feeling regarding the TUF 16 experience. [MMA Fighting]

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Nelson vs. Mitrione Set For TUF 16 Finale

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MMA Fighting is reporting that Roy “Big Country” Nelson will face Matt Mitrione at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale on December 15 in Last Vegas, Nevada.

Nelson was originally slated to fight fellow TUF 16 coach Shane Carwin before he was forced to withdraw with a knee injury. According to the report, the fight will be five rounds and serve as the main event.

Nelson, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 17-7. Nelson holds UFC victories over the likes of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Stefan Struve, Brendan Schaud and most recently Dave Herman.

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Guillard Upsets Dunham at “Troops II”


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."

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UFC Fight for the Troops II Live Results

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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All Fighters on Weight for “Troops II”


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.

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Previewing UFC Fight Night 23: Main Card

 


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.

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Kimbo Slice Returns May 8 at UFC 113 in Montreal


Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

After weeks of speculation, UFC officials have announced that Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson will return to the octagon on Saturday, May 8 at UFC 113 in a heavyweight showdown with fellow The Ultimate Fighter veteran Matt Mitrione.

Slice, a native of Miami, Florida, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 4-1. Slice holds victories over the likes of Bo Cantrell, David “Tank” Abbott, and James Thompson. Slice made his UFC debut at the TUF 10 finale last December where he scored a unanimous decision over Houston Alexander.

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