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UFC Fight For The Troops 2: Predictions For The Entire Fort Hood Card

Rob BeloteSenior Analyst IJanuary 22, 2011

Before every UFC event, I take a look at the entire card and do my best to make predictions on GuysNation for who's going to win.  I usually do better than a coin-flipping monkey, and even when I don't make the correct predictions, I at least give you an idea as to why I'm leaning in one direction or another. 

In several cases, I toss up a poll to let folks have an easy way of providing their input, though comment responses at the end of the article are always encouraged!

Preliminary card

Don't expect a ton of great logic here.  It's the Prelims, and these fighters aren't very well known anyway, so there's a small chance I've seen them fight, and the information about them floating on the internet is typically more sparse than for other fighters.

* Bantamweight bout:
 Will Campuzano —
Mexico vs. Chris Cariaso — United States

Prior to losing his last fight, Cariaso was on a four fight win streak.  The guy who stopped him hasn't lost in his past 25 fights.  Campuzano has lost three of his last five.

Prediction:  Chris Cariaso

* Welterweight bout:
Charlie Brenneman — United States vs. Amilcar Alves — Brazil

Brenneman goes to decision far too often for my taste, and Alves has a knack for gaining submissions.

Prediction:  Amilcar Alves

Preliminary card (Facebook.com Live Stream)

Lightweight bout:
Waylon Lowe — United States vs. Willamy Freire — Brazil

Lowe is a decent fighter, at 9-3, but lost his last fight by split decision.  Freire is a newcomer to fighting in the UFC (or in the United States in general), but he's on an impressive 11 fight win streak, and that's all I need to know.

Prediction:  Willamy Freire

Featherweight bout:
 Mike Brown — United States vs. Rani Yahya— Brazil

Both of these guys are coming off of decision losses, though Mike Brown's loss was by split decision.  I don't like the fact that Brown is fighting three weeks after his last fight, but if he's medically cleared to go, I guess that's good enough for me. 

Yahya's strength is winning by submission, which Brown seems somewhat prone to, with four of his seven losses coming that way though none of them were in the past 5 years.  When it all stacks up, Mike Brown's resume dominates Yahya.

Prediction:  Mike Brown

Welterweight bout:
DaMarques Johnson — United States vs. Mike Guymon — United States

Johnson has lost three of his last five, but he looked good in three of those fights.  Guymon has lost two of his last three, and his only victory was by decision.

Prediction:  DaMarques Johnson

* Lightweight bout:
Cody McKenzie — United States vs. Yves Edwards — The Bahamas

Though none of them have been in UFC (nor WEC nor anywhere else I've heard of), Cody McKenzie is undefeated in 12 fights, winning the past ten of them by first round Guillotine Choke.  Yves Edwards has more than four times the amount of experience as McKenzie and hasn't lost by submission in nearly 5 years, but his last three fights have gone to decision.  It's a tough call, but one of these guys has a trend I like, the other has a trend I despise.

Prediction:  Cody McKenzie

Main card

* Lightweight bout:
 Cole Miller — United States vs. Matt Wiman — United States

Wiman is certainly a talented fighter, but there's just something about the way Cole Miller fights that makes it tough to pick against him.

Prediction:  Cole Miller

* Heavyweight bout:
Pat Barry — United States vs. Joey Beltran — United States

For my reasoning on the prediction in this fight, as well as various polls to vote in and plenty of other great comment, check out GuysNation.com!

Prediction:  Pat Barry

* Featherweight bout:
Mark Hominick — United States vs. George Roop — United States

Hominick is on an impressive four fight win streak.  Roop is 1-1-1 in his last three  but the loss was in a different weight class, the draw won Fight Of The Night honors, and the win was a second round knockout. 

Now that he has been back at featherweight for nearly a full year, Roop is likely more comfortable at that weight and is learning to maximize his abilities and figure out what his top abilities are inside the cage.  This one's a tough call.

Prediction:  George Roop

* Heavyweight bout:
Matt Mitrione — United States vs. Tim Hague — Canada

For my reasoning on the prediction in this fight, as well as various polls to vote in and plenty of other great comment, check out GuysNation.com!

Prediction:  Matt Mitrione

* Lightweight bout:
Evan Dunham — United States vs. Melvin Guillard — United States

For my reasoning on the prediction in this fight, as well as various polls to vote in and plenty of other great comment, check out GuysNation.com!

Prediction:  Evan Dunham

You might also be interested in some of these articles over at GuysNation:

- Hot women of MMA

- Dueling Predictions for the NFL Conference Championship weekend (5 guys, one article, plenty of analysis)

- Supremacy MMA Video Game Review

- Playboy Playmate of the Year Candidates (with voting!)

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