Kenny Florian vs. Evan Dunham to Main Event UFC Fight Night 23

Ryan FrederickContributor INovember 2, 2010

Kenny Florian (pictured) meets Evan Dunham in the main event at UFC Fight For The Troops 2
Kenny Florian (pictured) meets Evan Dunham in the main event at UFC Fight For The Troops 2

The rapidly-filling UFC Fight For The Troops 2 card now has a main event.

A previously rumored bout between Kenny Florian (14-5, 11-4 UFC) and Evan Dunham (11-1, 4-1 UFC) will headline the show from Fort Hood, according to

The Florian vs. Dunham matchup was originally expected to take place at the UFC 126 event on Super Bowl weekend but now appears to have been bumped up a few weeks to serve as the main event.

Florian expressed interest in the fight while serving as an analyst on MMA Live following UFC 119.

Both men are coming into the fight looking to rebound from losses, albeit under different circumstances.

Florian last competed at UFC 118, losing a unanimous decision to Gray Maynard in a fight that was dominated by Maynard, who earned a title shot with the victory. The loss came after two straight submission wins over Clay Guida and Takanori Gomi.

Florian is looking to get back to another shot at the UFC Lightweight Title, a goal he has failed to accomplish on two occasions, losing to B.J. Penn at UFC 101 and Sean Sherk at UFC 64 in championship fights.

Meanwhile, Dunham comes into the fight off his first loss to Sherk at UFC 119. Many people, including UFC President Dana White, believed that Dunham had won the fight and was robbed of a decision by the judges. Sherk controlled the first round, cutting Dunham open, before Dunham made a comeback in Round 2 and dominated Round 3.

"It's one of these fights that's very open to interpretation. I think I won the fight. Do I think it was really, really close? Yes, I do. But whatever," said Dunham to after the fight.

It was his first loss in the octagon after winning his first four over Efrain Escudero, Tyson Griffin, Marcus Aurellio and Per Eklund. Now Dunham looks to get back on the winning track on his way to a title shot.

UFC Fight For The Troops 2 is expected to take place on Jan. 22 from Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas and is expected to air on Spike TV, though details have yet to be announced by the UFC.

The latest UFC Fight For The Troops 2 card includes:

  • Kenny Florian vs. Evan Dunham
  • Melvin Guillard vs. Yves Edwards
  • Mike Swick vs. David Mitchell
  • Matt Mitrione vs. Tim Hague
  • DaMarques Johnson vs. Mike Guymon
  • Charlie Brenneman vs. Almicar Alves

Stay tuned for more news on UFC Fight Night 23/Fight For The Troops 2, as well as other news from MMA.