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Free Fights

UFC fight for the troops 2       Saturday, Jan. 22  9pm ET

live from Killeen, Texas on Spike TV!

God bless the troops, and God bless Dana White! That’s right fight fans, a free fightcard this weekend. So no worrying about having to find the latest online stream with a sub-par picture and constant buffering just so you can see the fight for free.

 At first glance, some might say that this isn’t a very good card due to a lack of premier names. I would say to that, “it’s a free card!” Of course you aren’t going to see the likes of GSP or Cain Velasquez on a card like this, but that doesn’t mean that this won’t be a card worth watching, not at all. There are plenty of solid fighters on this card, many of whom are at a crossroads in their careers. You know what that means? It means good, hard-nosed fights! As I review the card, two of the fights really interest me, and one fighter particularly.

Cole “Magrinho” Miller V.  Matt “Handsome” Wiman

Miller ( listed at 6’1 156 lbs.) is 17-4 with twelve of his wins coming by way of submission. He is only 26 years old, and fights out of the great camp of American Top Team. His 6’1 stature is a problem for almost any opposing lightweight in both the standup game and even more so on the ground.

Wiman ( listed at 5’10 156 lbs.) holds a record of 12-5 with four wins by (t)ko, four by submission, and four by decision. Oh, and he also lost four decisions. While the record suggests that Wiman is an inconsistent mid level fighter, he is coming off of a great first round submission of Ultimate Fighter season six winner, Mac Danzig. Wiman is a tough fighter with a solid chin, but I believe Miller is going to take this fight. 

Even Dunham V.  Melvin ” The Young Assasin” Guillard

Dunham (listed at 5’10 156 lbs.) has an 11-1 record with six submission victories and his only loss being this past September in a split decision against Sean Sherk. Dunham is 29 years old, trains with Xtreme Couture, and is the #10 ranked fighter in the lightweight division.

Guillard (listed at 5’9 155 lbs.) has a record of 26-8-2 with sixteen of his wins coming by way of (t)ko, but seven of his losses have been by submission. Guillard is 27 years old and now trains with Jackson’s MMA out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Melvin burst on to the pro scene as a heavy-handed nineteen year old that terrorized his opponents with a plethora of vicious hooks and uppercuts. Since then he has seen some real struggles in his career, as opponents have exploited his submission game, or lack thereof.

On paper, Dunham should win this fight, and likely by submission. But now training under the tutelage of  a premier coach in Greg Jackson, Guillard has worked hard on the holes in his game and is fighting to keep a once very bright young career alive. I know it goes against the stats, but I’m gonna go with Guillard in this one. I think he has been humbled and is now ready to rock the troops in Texas!

I can’t wait to hear Bruce Buffer’s voice this weekend. This saturday night is fight night!

Enjoy

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9 responses to “Free Fights

  1. dmills14 January 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    You know I might have to tune in to watch this. I’ve started watching some UFC fights as of late. Brock Lesnar and even the coming of 35-year Jason Frank, or as the world knows him as Green, White, Black or Red Power Ranger. lol. What do you think Frank can do in the UFC?

  2. thepidemic January 22, 2011 at 12:57 am

    While Jason Frank’s karate credentials are impressive, unfortunately it means little in the ufc. I know, Machida is a karate style fighter. But that’s the exception, and he isn’t 37 like Frank is. Frank is 1-0 in professinal mma. His fight was against Jose Roberto Vasquez, who was also in his first pro fight. With that said, I have serious doubts about Frank making any notable impact on the UFC. See Kevin Ferguson (Kimbo Slice)

    But thanks for the question my man. I hope you enjoy the fights. Feel free to let me know your thoughts afterwards.

  3. dmills14 January 22, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Yeah he was impressive at the amatuer level of UFC. He won by way of submission in most of his fights. I just think it goes to prove how tough he really is that he is 37 and can still bang with some of these younger guys.

  4. thepidemic January 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    For sure, the guy has skills and has kept himself in great shape. But I guess what I’m actually trying to say is that for someone who is already that old, and has yet to even have a UFC fight, I just can’t see him beating anyone worth mentioning in the UFC. Yes, all four of his ameteur fights, and one pro fight he’s won in the first round. But I have never heard of any of the guys he beat. So he has yet to even be pushed yet. When a fight gets in to the third round is when you find out what a fighter is ready made of. Some guys are great for a round, but fighting tired is a whole other ball game, even for guys that seem to be in great shape. Even for a guy who has a marial arts background, there’s usually a bit of a learning curve once a person reaches the UFC level of mma.

    But I hope I’m wrong. Everyone loves a good story. It is possible that if he breaks in to the UFC within the the next year, that he could be a formidable fighter at that level for a few years. But color me speptic.

  5. thepidemic January 22, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    *skeptic

  6. dmills14 January 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I understand. As you can tell I’m not yet adapt with fighting as I haven’t watch too much of it yet. Btw do you think they will replay the fights or are they one the internet? I had to go out of town for family tonight and was unable to watch the fights.

  7. thepidemic January 22, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    They are showing it twice in a row on spike.

  8. thepidemic January 24, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Surprised to see Wiman dominate Miller like that. So congrats to him on a nice performance. He just seems to be getting better and better, good for him.

  9. heiter54 January 24, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Ive only seen one fight of frenks. He will not be comming into ufc anytime soon. If he does he would not make it far from what ive seen. He has poor wrestling skills. In his weight class you need wrestling skills when your going up with the best in the world. Striking skills arnt the best. the only thing hes got going for him now is his grapaling.

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