UFC Fight For The Troops 2 Results: What's Next For The Winners?

Sean SmithAnalyst IJanuary 24, 2011

UFC Fight For The Troops 2 Results: What’s Next For The Winners?

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    Part of what makes individual combat sports so exciting is the importance of every fight. In MMA, the outcome of every fight has an impact in determining a fighter's next opponent.

    A loss could set a fighter back a year or more. An unexpected win could catapult a previously mid-level fighter into contender conversation. At UFC Fight For The Troops 2, Melvin Guillard was one individual who surprised a lot of viewers with his win over Evan Dunham.

    After every event, fans begin to wonder what fights UFC matchmaker Joe Silva will come up with. With so many fighters on the UFC's roster, it is almost impossible to predict all the options running through Silva's head, but it is still worth speculating. Let us take a look at what could be next for the fighters who won at UFC Fight For The Troops 2. 

Chris Cariaso

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    In his UFC debut, Chris Cariaso defeated Will Campuzano by unanimous decision. Despite having a much shorter reach, Cariaso was able to out-strike Campuzano.

    Cariaso is now 11-2 in his professional career and ready for another test. The problem is that almost all of the UFC's bantamweights have fights already scheduled, and the promotion doesn't seem to be rushing to make any new signings at the moment.

    So, there is a strong possibility that we won't see Cariaso for awhile. If we do, it could be against a much more talented fighter looking for a bounce-back or name-building win.

    What's Next: If no new bantamweights are signed, Cariaso could be fed to Wagnney Fabiano.

Charlie Brenneman

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    Charlie Brenneman rebounded from a loss to Johnny Hendricks with a dominating decision victory over Amilcar Alves. Much like Mike Pierce had, Brenneman used superior wrestling and top control to defeat Alves.

    Brenneman is now 2-1 in the UFC and 12-2 for his career, with his only professional losses coming against Hendricks and John Howard.

     

    What is Next

    The winner of a UFC 126 fight between Kenny Robertson and the aforementioned Pierce.

Waylon Lowe

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    After losing his debut fight with the UFC against Melvin Guillard, Waylon Lowe has now won two in a row. At UFC Fight For The Troops 2, Lowe rudely welcomed Willamy Freire to the the UFC.

    The UFC has a deep and talented lightweight division, so there are many options for Lowe's next opponents. Most likely, Lowe will fight another lesser-known lightweight who has put together a winning streak.

     

    What is Next

    Also a winner at UFC Fight For The Troops 2, Yves Edwards could be Lowe's next opponent.

Rani Yahya

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    Entering their fight, many believed Mike Brown would be able to get back on a winning track against Rani Yahya. Instead, Yahya was able to execute his game plan perfectly by avoiding exchanges and turning the fight into a grappling match.

    The win was huge for Yahya, who had lost two in a row before his fight with Brown. Also, beating a former WEC champion cannot hurt your resume.

     

    What is Next

    Diego Nunes, who recently defeated Brown, would make for an evenly matched opponent.

DaMarques Johnson

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    Although he seemed upset with the outcome, DaMarques Johnson scored an impressive win over Mike Guymon. Johnson forced Guymon to submit to a body triangle.

    Prior to his last fight against Matt Riddle, Johnson failed to make weight, something that is frowned upon by the UFC. Then, Johnson proceeded to lose to Riddle. With the win over Guymon, Johnson may have avoided being cut from the UFC.

    Still, Johnson has some work to do before he can feel secure with the UFC.

     

    What is Next

    A fight with Pascal Krauss is a possibility.

Yves Edwards

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    With his win at UFC Fight For The Troops 2, Yves Edwards ended Cody McKenzie's streak of eleven consecutive wins by guillotine choke. With 56 career fights under his belt, Edwards' experience undoubtedly played a major part in his victory.

    At 34-years-old, this could be Edwards' final run with the UFC. With two straight UFC wins, Edwards has gotten this stint with the promotion off to a solid start. Edwards next fight could be against another veteran on a winning streak.

     

    What is Next

    As mentioned earlier, Waylon Lowe could be a potential next opponent for Edwards.

Matt Wiman

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    Matt Wiman earned an dominating victory over Cole Miller at UFC Fight For The Troops 2. Wiman now is on a three fight win streak, although one of those wins was a premature stoppage against Mac Danzig.

    Wiman is now a very respectable 7-3 in the UFC. Who would have thought Wiman could be this successful after the embarrassing knockout he suffered against Spencer Fisher in his UFC debut in May 2006.

     

    What is Next

    If there were ever a time to make a rematch with Mac Danzig, now would be that time, with both fighters coming off of big wins.

Pat Barry

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    After landing several hard kicks to Joey Beltran's left thigh, Pat Barry defeated Joey Beltran in a close decision. Following a failed opportunity to defeat a legend in Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, this was an important win for Barry to get back on track.

    Only eight fights into his MMA career, Barry is still transitioning from his kickboxing background. Barry has yet to record back-to-back wins in his UFC career, but he will get another opportunity to do so in his next fight.

     

    What is Next

    Barry is an entertaining personality, so the UFC will want to try to give him winnable fights. A fight against Rob Broughton would definitely be a winnable fight against a worthy opponent.

Mark Hominick

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    Of all the winners at UFC Fight For The Troops 2, Mark Hominick's next opponent is by far the easier to predict. That is because Homick was fighting to become the number one contender.

    With his quick knockout of George Roop, Hominick earned the next shot at Jose Aldo. I am not sure that's something I would be too excited about, but Hominick certainly is.

     

    What is Next

    Hominick will fight Jose Aldo at UFC 129 in Toronto for the UFC Featherweight Championship. 

Matt Mitrione

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    Matt Mitrione remained undefeated for his career with his win over Tim Hague. Mitrione is now 4-0 and ready to be tested.

    On Ariel Helwani's MMA Hour, Mitrione stated that he would welcome a fight with Cheick Kongo. Since all the other borderline heavyweight contenders have fights lined up, there is a good chance that Kongo could end up being Mitrione's next opponent.

    Ben Rothwell would be another option. However, Mitrione would probably have to wait a little longer for that fight as Rothwell continues to recover from knee surgery. Considering the lack of damage Mitrione took against Hague, there is really no reason for him to wait around for no reason at 32-years-old.

     

    What is Next

    Mitrione could get the first big test of his career against Cheick Kongo.

Melvin Guillard

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    For good reason, Melvin Guillard was an underdog heading into his fight with Evan Dunham. Guillard has had problems with defending submissions in the past, and Dunham has an excellent ground game.

    However, Guillard showed how much he has improved since joining Greg Jackson's camp by keeping the fight standing and overwhelming Dunham on his feet. After the fight, Guillard promised he would be fighting for the title in 2011 or 2012.

    There are a few contenders still in line for title shots ahead of him, but Guillard showed that he is a threat to surpass some of them.

    What is Next

    There are plenty of options for Guillard's next opponent in the talented lightweight division. If the UFC wants to bring Guillard along slowly, Nik Lentz could be next. If the UFC listens to Guillard and wants to give him a shot at fighting for a title in 2011, then Kenny Florian could be a potential opponent.