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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!