UFC Fight for the Troops 2 Breakdown
UFC Fight for the Troops 2, also known as UFC Fight Night 23, offers an eclectic mix of contenders and rising stars in the MMA world all in the name of charity. Proceeds from the event are going to the American non-profit organization the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
The event will be taking place at the Fort Hood military base near Killeen,Texas and broadcast here in Canada on Spike TV and on Rogers Sportsnet.
Here is the Top MMA News breakdown:
Evan Dunham (-250) vs. Melvin Guillard (+175)
Dunham and Guillard both produced impressive performances on the main card of UFC 119 back in September of last year. Guillard managed a split decision victory over Jeremy Stephens while Dunham lost a controversial split decision to Sean Sherk but walked away with a Fight of the Night bonus.
Dunham is coming into this fight with a UFC record of 4-1 with wins over Tyson Griffin, Efrain Escudero, Marcus Aurelio and Per Eklund. Despite his recent loss to Sherk, Evan is still considered by many to be one of the rising stars in the Lightweight division. Dunham possesses a top notch submissions game and a patient technical striking style. If the fighters stay on their feet, I think Dunham will outclass Guillard by countering his dash inside with lateral movement. On the ground, Dunham will constantly threaten Guillard with submission attempts.
Dunham is the favourite to win this fight on paper, but I think Guillard is being overlooked. With Guillard now training with Greg Jackson’s camp, I am anticipating smarter fights from Guillard. We have already seen improvement in his game plans and his ability to follow them during his fight with Jeremy Stephens. Guillard is very, very fast, if he uses his new found patience and his speed to out wrestle rather than attempt to out strike Dunham, we may see Guillard cruise his way to another decision victory.
Prediction: Melvin Guillard by Split Decision
Matt Mitrione (-294)vs. Tim Hague(+200)
Joey Beltran is the common denominator in this fight. Back in May Joey defeated Tim via unanimous decision then soon after in September Mitrione produced a unanimous decision victory over Beltran. Despite their recent fights against Beltran swinging the pendulum of speculation towards Mitrione for the win, I’m going to go against the favourite again in this fight.
Canadian Tim “The Thrashing Machine” Hague not only has the best fight moniker in MMA but he also has a lot more experience than Mitrione. Expect Tim to dominate the stand up by exploiting Matt’s near complete lack of defence on his feet and finish the fight with an early TKO.
Prediction: Tim Hague by First Round TKO
Mark Hominick (-286) vs. George Roop(+195)
Canadian fight fans get ready for explosive dominant performance by our very own Mark Hominick against his teammate George Roop! Frankly, I think this number one contender bout is a mismatch. Not to take anything away from Roop’s KO victory against his opponent “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung, but keep in mind that Jung’s specialty is plodding ahead like a damage absorbing zombie.
Hominick will not be so easy a target on Saturday. His defense will be especially tight because of this bout’s title fight implications. Expect Hominick to cruise his way to a unanimous decision victory using his superior speed and movement to overcome Roop’s reach advantage.
Prediction: Mark Hominick by Unanimous Decision
Pat Barry (-250)vs. Joey Beltran (+175)
Pat Barry appears to have only one weapon with which he can win this fight: his striking. He may be one of the best pure strikers in the UFC’s Heavyweight division and, as such, he is widely considered to be the favourite in this fight. I strongly disagree with that conclusion. Pat has not shown himself to be a well-rounded mixed martial artist yet. Beltran, on the other hand, looked like an experienced veteran during his last three performances in the octagon.
I expect Beltran to target Barry’s weaknesses in this fight and look to take down and submit the superior striker.
Prediction: Joey Beltran via First Round Submission (Choke)
Cole Miller (-208) vs. Matt Wiman (+145)
This bout has Fight of the Night written all over it! Matt Wiman produced three Fight of the Night performances in his last five octagon appearances. Out of his last six wins, Cole Miller earned three Submissions of the Night and one Knockout of the Night. These are two hungry fighters in a stacked division. This is going to be a great fight.
I have to go with Cole in this fight because he is a finisher. When this fight hits the canvas, Cole’s superior ground game will be the difference in this fight.
Prediction: Cole Miller via Second Round Submission (Choke)