Written By: Barry Laminack
(Ft. Hood, TX) – The UFC made its triumphant return to Texas on January 22, 2011 at Ft. Hood, but unless you were a military member from the base (or surrounding bases) you had to watch it on Spike and Facebook like the rest of us (more on Facebook in a minute). For a free show though, Fight for the Troops 2 was a good card. Matt Wiman and Pat Barry started things off by both going the distance but performing well. The last three fights were all dominate performance by Hominick, Mitrione and Guillard that ended in first round TKO’s. If you ask me that was a good thing because that provided more time to educate the public on TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and how it affects the men and women who defend our country.
The UFC did a great job with the show and the background stories on some of our brave soldiers who have been affected by TBI. Also prominently featured during the show was information and background on the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. If you would like to help this worthy cause, please consider making a donation!
As for the action? Overall Texas fighters had a good showing. Will Campuzano dropped a unanimous decision to Chris Cariaso, but Yves Edwards and Melvin Guillard (not from Texas, but lived and fought here in Houston for several years) both won their fights. It was a clean sweep in the post fight awards for Texas as Edwards picked up Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night honors while Guillard earned Knockout of the Night.
Guillard and Hominick gained the most from the event, as both look to get a title shot at some point this year. Hominick will get his shot first against Jose Aldo, but if Guillard can continue his winning ways, it will be hard for the UFC brass to deny him the opportunity to fight for gold.
As mentioned earlier, the UFC did something new this time around as they aired all of the Prelim fights via their Facebook page. Initially they were only going to air the last 2 prelim fights (Johnson/Guymon and Edwards/McKenzie) but at the eleventh hour added the other two prelim fights. The move was not only good for fans, but pure genius by the UFC, who’s Facebook “likes” now sits at well over 4 million. Because 3 of the 5 fights ended in the first round the Edwards/McKenzie fight would eventually make it’s way onto the Spike broadcast to fill the remaining time at the end of the show.
Below are the entire results. After you check them out, scroll down and see how our “experts” did picking the fights.
Chris Cariaso defeats Will Campuzano via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Charlie Brenneman defeats Amilcar Alves via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Preliminary card (Available on Facebook.com/ufc)
Waylon Lowe defeats Willamy Freire via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Rani Yahya defeats Mike Brown via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
DaMarques Johnson defeats Mike Guymon via verbal submission (body triangle) at 3:22 of round 1.
Yves Edwards defeats Cody McKenzie via technical submission (rear naked choke) at 4:33 of round 2.
Main Card (Spike TV)
Matt Wiman defeats Cole Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
Pat Barry defeats Joey Beltran via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Mark Hominick defeats George Roop via TKO (punches) at 1:28 of round 1.
Matt Mitrione defeats Tim Hague via TKO (punches) at 2:59 of round 1.
Melvin Guillard defeats Evan Dunham via TKO (strikes) at 2:58 of round 1.
Awards (Each fighter earned $30,000 bonuses for each award below – Source: MMAJunkie.com)
Fight of the Night: Yves Edwards vs. Cody McKenzie
Knockout of the Night: Melvin Guillard
Submission of the Night: Yves Edwards
Expert Picks Results
Scoring: Who (+5) Round (+2) How (+3)
Congratulations to TheCageDoor.net‘s Eric Hostetter for coming out on top with 36 total points. Eric picked 4 out of 5 fight winners, impressively predicting how all 4 would finish the fight and even predicting the round in two of those.
Some quick numbers:
Only one person picked all five winners (Jorge “Macaco” Patino)
Two People picked 4 out of 5 fight winners correctly (Eric Hostetter and Artenas “The Machine Gun” Young)
The average score from the panel was 19.4
Look for more picks from our experts for UFC 126, just around the corner on Saturday, February 5, 2011.