On January 22nd, these two lightweight fighters will meet in the main event for the upcoming Fight for the Troops event, taking place at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. While these two were not scheduled to face each other, both will look to put on a show for the UFC fans and troops serving our country.

Breaking down Evan Dunham is a tough thing to do. He has the boxing skills to stand and trade shots with his opponent, while also being a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Dunham made himself known with his surprising upset over Ultimate Fighter winner, Efrain Escudero in January 2010. From there, he went on to defeat a very tough Tyson Griffin by split decision, in which some thought he won all three rounds. A big test came next for Dunham as he took on former lightweight champion Sean Sherk at UFC 119. The fight was close throughout, but was given to Sherk in a split decision. Many criticized this decision; even UFC President Dana White spoke out and said that Dunham got robbed. While the loss was heartbreaking to Dunham, he may have learned a valuable lesson in that fight: Don’t leave it in the hands of the judges. Dunham was then announced to fight Kenny Florian on this card, but Florian sustained a knee injury and had to pull out. Now with Guillard stepping in, a slightly different game plan is in play. To win this fight, Dunham just needs to fight his normal fight. Use his hands early to feel his opponent out, and then look to possibly take the fight to the ground and work to get a submission.

As for Melvin Guillard, he is a veteran of the sport and loves to throw leather. 16 of his 26 wins have come by way of knockout. He has won 3 straight fights: decision win over Ronnys Torres, a TKO over Waylon Lowe, and a split decision victory over Jeremy Stephens. Guillard was originally scheduled to take on Yves Edwards, but with the injury to Kenny Florian, he was asked to step into the main event slot to take on Dunham. A win over contender Evan Dunham would be big for “The Young Assassin”. He has never gotten a shot at the belt and would love to take on the best in the division. That starts on Saturday as he fights Dunham. For Guillard to win, he needs to just make it an all-out brawl. Don’t get over-aggressive. Just keep the pressure on Evan and speed the fight up. The odds may not be for Guillard, but don’t be surprised if he takes it to Dunham.

Prediction- Evan Dunham, split decision

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