When: Saturday night
Location: Killeen, Texas
Where: Fort Hood
Channel: Spike TV and Facebook.com/UFC
OK everyone…2011 is underway. I am back from hiatus and pumped as hell because we’ve got some serious fighting to talk about!
UFC will deploy another bangin night of fighting for our men & women of Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas on Saturday night as the UFC brings another Ultimate Fight Night show into town. Our heroes in the Armed Forces will deservedly be treated to a free night of fighting to help raise awareness and funding for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund on SpikeTV’s telecast of UFC Ultimate Fight Night 23: Fight For The Troops 2. We all know how UFC head honcho, Dana White LOVES his Twitter and social media…but this will mark the first time that the UFC incorporates the UFC Facebook Fan Page to stream the event live & reach an even bigger audience of the event.
Whenever the UFC comes to a military base, you can surely expect: haymakers, heart, furious fighting & guaranteed FIREWORKS….this Saturday night will definitely be no exception. As we always do, let’s get right after it & break down the main card fights and see if we can predict who will emerge victorious in Saturday night’s war. Our main card fights feature: Evan Dunham vs. Melvin Guillard, Tim Hague vs. Matt Mitrione, Mark Hominick vs. George Roop, Pat Barry vs. Joey Beltran and Cole Miller vs. Matt Wiman
Evan Dunham vs. Melvin Guillard
Evan Dunham is an Oregon based fighter now fighting out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. His last fight; a loss, against former lightweight champion Sean Sherk was once again a classic case of terrible judging. Dunham won that fight, but the decision was awarded to Sherk. However, the story remains that Evan Dunham is probably one of the most dangerous fighters in the lightweight division & I’ve said before…he will be champion one day. He can strike, grapple, wrestle with the best of the best and has that trademarked iron will that so many of the Xtreme Couture guys share. Evan is the real deal and has so many tools in his bag of tricks to call upon.
Melvin Guillard is a former nomadic Big Easy fighter that is blessed with one of the biggest frames at the 155 lb division. To actually think that he can weigh in at 155 lbs is almost like looking at an optical illusion. He is now trained under the positive tutelage of Greg Jackson & has made HUGE strides to becoming a more complete fighter than ever before. Melvin can take your head off with a punch, he can wrestle pretty well and is normally in great shape…but submission defense has always been his Achilles heel.
Examiner Picks: Make no mistake about it…Melvin Guillard is a textbook description of “explosive”. He has ended fights with one punch many times before. However; he is about to face one of the UFC’s best lightweights in Evan Dunham. I think Evan will have to survive some early punishment but then he will come back to put on a dominating performance & ultimately submit Melvin in fantastic display of well rounded skills by the Xtreme Couture standout. Dunham by submission in round 3.
Tim Hague vs. Matt Mitrione
Tim Hague is a big, strong man. He is tough, experienced and a terrific wrestler for someone his size. He has looked unreal at times, and has also looked less than stellar other times. I know Tim wants to make a big statement to the UFC by stopping Meathead with an impressive KO finish. He’s got all the tools to do so against the former NFL & TUF veteran Mitrione and legitimately place himself in the heavyweight mix.
Matt “Meathead” Mitrione is also a big strong AND super athletic man for his size. He also brings a terrific set of tools into this match against the rugged Hague. He’s enjoyed some great success in the UFC and looks to impress by continuing to show off his rapidly growing skills.
Examiner Picks: I think as tough as Hague has shown to be in the cage, Mitrione has the athleticism to be a real problem for Hague. I see that movement & footwork as the edge for Mitrione & wrestling pedigree the key for Hague. This one should be a true war as both guys won’t want to see an “L” in their resume. I am picking Meathead Mitrione to eek out a split decision against the super tough Hague.
Mark Hominick vs. George Roop
Mark Hominick is one of those guys that literally fight all day long. His cardio is normally off the chain, his precision striking against bigger guys has always served him very well, and his ability to make people miss is simply artistic to watch. He will need to let his striking & counterstriking be the difference in this fight against the long & lanky Roop.
George Roop’s last WEC fight here in Broomfield sent the Korean Zombie home in a stretcher. A well timed & placed headkick knocked out the Korean Zombie before he hit the ground. Roop’s long frame will need to be the key for him against the smaller Hominick in a 145 lb showdown.
Examiner Picks: I really like George, but I think that Hominick will live up to his moniker “The Machine”. I see Hominick’s masterful stick’n’move striking flustering and frustrating the taller Roop in a spirited affair. Unless Roop hits one of those nasty headkicks that he hit on the Korean Zombie, I’ve got Hominick winning a unanimous decision. Hominick by decision.
Pat Barry vs. Joey Beltran
Pat Barry could be the happiest fighter I’ve ever seen. He can break his hands & feet in a fight and still be laughing and smiling through surgery and hugging the guy that beat him up. Pat has those running back thighs and those crazy mule kicks that can sever a man in half. He can also punch like a bouncer if he lands on your chin. His cardio is the main question mark in his fights as we have seen him completely gassed before….a gamer nonetheless.
Joey Beltran on the other hand can pass for a Mexican executioner….hence the name….the Mexicutioner. He is not so nice to his opponents. He is there to rip your face off and take it home with him to put on his mantelpiece. He is a strong striker also that has something to prove in this organization & in this division.
Examiner Picks: I have not been as impressed with Beltran as I have been with Pat Barry. I do think that both men will be in the best shape they’ve ever been in as they will both need to impress the boss with a stellar performance to get better competition to fight. Barry to me has the edge in all categories & I look for Barry to finish this fight violently with leg kicks and a brutal fistic finish against the brawler Beltran. Pat Barry by TKO in Round 2
Cole Miller vs. Matt Wiman
Cole Miller and Matt Wiman are buddies. Both are well trained and emotional fighters. Cole is another one of those guys that has a long and wiry frame. He is a very well rounded and highly experienced fighter that can submit you, knock you out and out hustle you.
Matt Wiman is another well rounded, experienced and emotionally charged fighter that has all the necessary tools to win this fight against the ATT’er in Milller.
Examiner Picks: I must admit that this fight is probably my least favorite fight on the card, but hey…its free fighting right? I see Miller being able to dictate the pace by keeping Wiman outside and peppering him with strikes until the fight hits the ground where I see Miller having a much better advantage. Miller wins by unanimous decision.
There you have it everyone. My picks for the main card on Saturday night’s fights on SpikeTV. Don’t forget that you can catch the prelims and the whole card streaming live on Facebook.as well. If you are looking to stream the fights on Saturday night from your computer, then check out Facebook.com/UFC and you can watch the fights there as well. If you don’t have the link for the UFC’s Fan Page it is right here
As always…its great talking fights with you guys & I hope you all tune in on Saturday night. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and nothing is more satisfying than supporting the men & women that keep us safe at home & free to do the things we love. Cheers everyone & its great to be back!