UFC Fight For The Troops – Evan Dunham Vs. Melvin Guillard
This is the third UFC Fight For The Troops, following Vince McMahon’s lead. Even though there aren’t really any marquee matches on the card, there are some possible fun fights on this card, including the main event.
“Handsome” Matt Wiman and Cole Miller, former housemates on The Ultimate Fighter, face-off in the first fight of the night.
1. Matt Wiman vs. Cole Miller
This was a pretty tough round for the show. Miller was using his knees from the clinch, while Wiman was strong with uppercuts on the inside. Miller may have lost the round by throwing a knee that missed and then he tried to pull guard after throwing the knee, pulling Wiman down with him. Only, he whiffed and was on his back. He was aggressive with submission attempts on the bottom, but Wiman took the last 30 seconds with some nice ground and pound.
Wiman clearly won the second round. Miller couldn’t keep him off him and he spent most of the round just pounding him from the top.
Wiman put it on him in the third round. His strikes were varied with punches and kicks and he was the aggressor the entire fight. He dominated him from the top again and Miller just had nothing.
Winner: Matt Wiman by way of unanimous decision
One of the judges game Miller the first round.
2. Joey Beltran vs. Pat Barry
The round didn’t really get started. Barry was pretty strategic. He didn’t open up and let his feet go. He landed a few hard kicks to Beltran’s legs and that caused Beltran to fight scared. Beltran did have a nice little flurry, but Barry wasn’t bothered by it. Beltran also hit him low a couple times.
The second round was great. Barry started to open up more and he was killing Beltran’s front leg. Beltran was having issues standing, let alone putting weight on his leg. Barry also landed some heavy shots with his hands. But Beltran hung in there and whenever Barry rested, Beltran tried to flurry and actually did a good job scoring with quick uppercuts.
Beltran was fighting spirited in the third. Barry kept chopping his left leg like it was a Christmas tree stump. But Beltran tied him up against the cage and was landing some solid blows that bloodied Barry. Barry poked him in the eye and he went down. The crowd chanted, “Suck it up!” Beltran was squinting and started the fight again and took a terrible beating before being able to hold on until the end. Beltran lost this fight, but he earned another shot to fight again.
Winner: Pat Barry by way of unanimous decision
Two of the judges gave Beltran one of the rounds. I didn’t see that.
3. George Roop vs. Mark Hominick
This was quick and pretty painful for Roop. Hominick landed several big right hands and Roop was in trouble early on. Roop went down because of a looping left and then took another left while on the ground before it was stopped. Roop was so dazed that he got up and tried to walk back to his corner and he nearly fell over. Hominick held him up.
Winner: Mark Hominick by way of 1st round TKO
4. Tim Hague vs. Matt Mitrione
Mitrione looked super quick on his feet. He was in and out and able to throw with power. Hague looked really slow. He went down several times from quick shots. They didn’t look like big power shots, but they were clean. Finally, Hague went down from a punch and Mitrione followed him to the ground and finished him.
Winner: Matt Mitrione by way of 1st round TKO
5. Melvin Guillard vs. Evan Dunham
Guillard looked excellent. He was able to land a left-right combination before Dunham was able to throw a punch. Guillard landed a knee that knocked Dunham nearly down and then followed up with two knees while Dunham was going down. One of those knees was while Dunham was on the ground for a second. The fight was then stopped.
Winner: Melvin Guillard by way of 1st round TKO