“They fight for us, now it’s time for us to fight for them”. This is the saying that sums up what Fight for the Troops means. On January 22nd, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will hold its second annual Fight for the Troops event. The first event was held in Fayetteville, North Carolina in December 2008, and featured many exciting fights for the troops to enjoy. This year, the event will be held at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. The UFC has put together an 11 fight card that features many good matchups.

In the main event, up and coming lightweight contender Evan Dunham will take on a veteran of 37 MMA fights, Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard. The original opponent scheduled to face Dunham was Kenny Florian, who was forced off the card with a knee injury. Guillard was expected to face Yves Edwards, but will now take a step up and face Dunham. This will be possibly the biggest matchup of Dunham’s career and will move him even further up the ladder in the lightweight division. This would be a huge win for Guillard also. A win over a very tough fighter in Dunham will be a big boost for his UFC career. The co-main event will feature two heavyweights as The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 alum, Matt Mitrione faces off against Tim “The Thrashing Machine” Hague. Mitrione continued his undefeated streak in his last fight as he defeated Joey Beltran. Tim Hague has certainly had his ups and downs in the UFC. After being signed in 2008, Hague went 1-2 and was also on the losing end of the fastest knockout in UFC history. He was then released, but was given another chance at UFC 113. However, Hague lost once again, this time to Joey Beltran, and was yet again released. But after two straight knockout wins outside of the UFC, he is back and will look to make a statement against Mitrione. Expect this to be closer than many may think. Hague is a tough fighter, and will bring it to the undefeated Mitrione. If it goes the distance, the advantage has to go to Mitrione, however. Being a former NFL player, Mitrione’s cardio will be a key factor in this fight.

In a featherweight bout, George Roop will go toe to toe with former WEC contender, Mark Hominick. This is a big fight for both guys, but more is on the line for Hominick. UFC President Dana White has said that if he gets past Roop, he will get a title shot against featherweight champ, Jose Aldo. Roop is no push over for Hominick, however. After his knockout of Chan Sung Jung, he is coming into this fight very confident. If Roop comes out on top, that will be huge for him and will put him right in the mix for a title shot. The key for the 6’1” Roop is to use his height advantage and work his Muay Thai style to clinch with Hominick. For Hominick, he can control where he wants the fight to go. He possesses the better standup of the two, and also has seven submission wins in his career. Hominick shouldn’t look past Roop and will pull out a unanimous decision victory.

Two heavy hitters collide as Pat “HD” Barry will fight Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran. Both of these heavyweights do not like going to the judges’ decision. Also, both are coming off losses, which should have them focused and ready to slug it out. Barry has a better overall striking game, using his kickboxing skills along with his heavy hands. If the fight makes it to the ground, however, Beltran should have the upper hand with his wrestling ability. If Barry has not improved his ground game since his fight with Mirko Cro Cop, he could have some problems with Beltran. Barry must keep the fight standing the entire time. If he can open up with big leg kicks early and pick apart Beltran, then a quick stoppage is very possible.

In the first fight on the main card, two contestants on the 5th season of the Ultimate Fighter will face off as Cole Miller takes on “Handsome” Matt Wiman.  Both guys are currently on two fight win streaks, and will look to continue their run in the lightweight division. Miller has won back-to-back Submission of the Night honors and is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt. Matt Wiman is coming off a very controversial submission victory over Mac Danzig. The referee thought that Danzig wasn’t conscious, but really was. Expect Miller to come out really hyped up in this one. He has been called out by Donald Cerrone recently and would love to make a statement by putting Matt Wiman out impressively.

Predictions:

Evan Dunham vs. Melvin Guillard- Dunham ground game will be a big factor in this one. Dunham may be able to submit Guillard, but will work for a close decision.

Prediction- Evan Dunham, split decision

Matt Mirtrione vs. Tim Hague- Look for this one to be standing most of the time, but Mirtrione has been able to take opponents down in the past also.

Prediction- Matt Mirtrione, unanimous decision

George Roop vs. Mark Hominick- Big fight for Hominick as a title shot is in sight. He should be able to control the fight to his advantage.

Prediction- Mark Hominick, unanimous decision

Pat Barry vs. Joey Beltran- If Barry can keep it standing, he will win this fight. Look for leg kicks early.

Prediction- Pat Barry, 1st round TKO

Cole Miller vs. Matt Wiman- Miller has the better ground game and will look to get a quick submission.

Prediction- Cole Miller, 2nd round submission

Undercard Predictions:

DeMarques Johnson over Mike Guymon via 2nd round submission

Mike Brown over Rani Yahya via 1st round TKO

Waylon Lowe over Willamy Freire via unanimous decision

Charlie Brenneman over Amilcar Alves via unanimous decision

Yves Edwards over Cody McKenzie via unanimous decision

Will Campuzano over Chris Cariaso via 2nd round KO

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Josh Davis is the owner and President of The MMA Corner, LLC. He has been a fan of mixed martial arts since seeing UFC 1 in his hometown. In addition to his The MMA Corner responsibilities, Josh is the editor of Scrapp! Fight Magazine. Josh has also written for MMA Unleashed and MMA Sports magazines. Josh also manages some of Colorado's best up and coming fighters and is dedicated to the positive promotion of the sport.