Dec. 10, 2008 was the last time the UFC held a Fight for the Troops. Now, the UFC will send some top-notch fights to Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.
Tonight's main card is featured with a main event between lightweights Melvin Guillard and Evan Dunham.
Not only that, outside of the main event, the featherweight match between George Roop and Mark Hominick is a huge match for Hominick. With a win over Roop, Hominick can secure a fight for the UFC featherweight title. Roop can play the spoiler and take away any title thought from Hominick.
Here are further breakdowns of tonight's main card.
Lightweight Bout: Cole Miller (17-4-0) vs. Matt Wiman (12-5-0)
This one is a pretty good fight to look forward to. Both fighters are entertaining to watch. Matt Wiman has won the honor of "Fight of the Night" in three of his last five fights (two of those were losses) in the UFC. Then you look at Cole Miller. Miller has won "Submission of the Night" honors in three of his last five.
Both fighters are also coming off a two-fight win streak.
With that being said, Miller will look to shoot for submissions, and Wiman knows it's coming. Wiman has had his bouts where he hasn't really been the fighter everyone knows he is.
I don't think Wiman will be able to stop Miller's submission attempts and even if he does Miller will grind him out until the final bell.
Miller via Submission
Heavyweight Bout: Pat Barry (5-2-0) vs. Joey Beltran (12-4-0)
Both fighters are really similar in the way that they are undersized heavyweights. But neither really possesses a great ground game either, with Beltran getting a slight edge in the ground game department.
Plain and simple though, Barry can brawl, and if he lands one of those haymakers on the "Mexicutioner," say good night to Beltran. Beltran should look for the takedown on Barry, but Barry has some good leg kicks that will wear down Beltran early and often.
Don't forget Beltran has some serious hands and can work over Barry as well. I can see this fight going either way, but see my prediction.
Barry via Knockout
Featherweight Bout: Mark Hominick (19-8-0) vs. George Roop (11-6-1)
This is the fight I'm most looking forward to just based upon the implications it has if Hominick wins tonight.
Roop will play spoiler and will bring everything he has tonight to face Hominick and make the UFC find someone else to fight Jose Aldo.
I could really see Roop pulling off the spoiler role tonight and taking out Hominick via decision. But honestly I see Hominick a lot more then Roop. Hominick has far better skills then George Roop and is only one fight away from the featherweight title fight.
Hominick only holds the edge on the ground by a little but he has a great stand-up that will give Roop troubles.
Hominick via Unanimous Decision
Heavyweight Bout: Matt Mitrione (3-0-0) vs. Tim Hague (12-4-0)
Tim would be dumb not to keep this fight standing. Hague has a better stand-up and by looking at Mitrione, he hasn't faced a Hague-caliber fighter when it comes to stand-up.
Mitrione is a great wrestler and will shoot to take down Hague. He needs to grind out Hague to have a chance to win because I don't see Mitrione winning any other way than by decision as Hague has been grinded out before.
Mitrione has shown he can be great. Honestly, his experience shouldn't get to him here. Mitrione has good stand-up (he can throw bombs).
I think Mitrione can pull off some ground work and grind out Hague, but Hague could capitalize on a Mitrione mistake.
Matt Mitrione will learn from this experience and what a better way then with a long, grueling win?
Mitrione via Unanimous Decision
Lightweight Bout: Melvin Guillard (26-8-2 and 1 NC) vs. Evan Dunham (11-1-0)
Dunham is a good fighter and has a better skill set then Guillard. Dunham will most likely look to pick on Guillard's weakness that is his ground game.
His perfect 11-0 mark was tainted in his last fight when Sean Sherk picked up a split decision versus Dunham at UFC 119. A razor-thin victory for Sherk and a blemish on Dunham's perfect record.
Guillard has great stand-up with power and speed and will give Dunham problems when the fight is standing.
Now, I don't see this fight standing because of Dunham's takedown attempts on Guillard. I think Dunham will bring the fight to the ground. In doing so, I think Dunham will be able to use his grappling to put Guillard out.
Dunham has six of his 11 wins via submission. He will likely add one more to that total.
Dunham via Submission