The Official Scorecard - UFC Fight for the Troops 2

Originally appeared on www.thegarv.com

UFC Fight for the Troops marked the second time the UFC has produced a card to help raise funds and awareness for soldiers suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury, and is the third time they’ve held a card from a military base.

The first Fight for the Troops card in December 2008 was notable for being one of the more brutal events in recent history with Corey Hill’s sickening leg break, Ben Saunders kneeing a bio-dome on Brandon Wolff’s forehead, Steve Cantwell snapping Razak Al-Hassan’s arm, and Josh Koscheck’s particularly brutal KO of Yoshiyuki Yoshida.

The event is in the book and the judge has made his decision, so let’s go to the scorecard!

Bantamweight Fight
Will Campuzano (8-3) vs. Chris Cariaso (10-2)
The first two and a half rounds of the opening fight were close and followed a pattern of Cariaso pushing the action towards Campuzano, who would evade and successfully counter. Midway through the final round, the momentum finally swung Cariaso’s way as Campuzano looked slow and fatigued. This was a close fight that could’ve gone 29-28 for either bantamweight. Neither fighter really created an opportunity to finish the fight and neither man was ever in any real danger.
Chris Cariaso wins via Unanimous Decision
Fight Score: 4.5

Welterweight Fight
Charlie Brenneman (12-2) vs. Amilcar Alves (11-2)
Short and sweet, the theme of this fight was wrestling, wrestling, and more wrestling on top. Brenneman has it for days and Alves couldn’t keep the fight up on the feet for any significant amount of time. Off his back, he didn’t have much to offer to trip up Brenneman.
Charlie Brenneman wins via Unanimous Decision
Fight Score: 5

Lightweight Fight
Walyon Lowe (9-3) vs. Willamy Freire (18-3)
This fight played itself out under a similar script of the previous fight: one fighter, Lowe, a much more dominant wrestler than his opponent who controlled his way to a decision nestled safely inside Freire’s closed guard. To his credit, Freire attacked with several kimura attempts but a combination of Lowe’s power and a questionable standup by referee Dan Miragliotta kept the American out of out any danger of being submitted.
Waylon Lowe wins via Unanimous Decision
Fight Score: 4.5

Featherweight Fight
Mike Brown (24-7) vs. Rani Yahya (15-6)
Only three weeks after coming up short on a razor thin split decision loss to Diego Nunes at UFC 125, Mike Brown stepped in on short notice, replacing Chan Sung Jung, and looked to rebound against Yahya, who’d previously dropped two straight in the WEC. Yahya got the former WEC featherweight titleholder to play into his game on the ground where he remained a step ahead of Brown en route to a decision win.
Rani Yahya wins via Unanimous Decision
Fight Score: 6.5

Welterweight Fight
Mike Guymon (12-4-1) vs. DaMarques Johnson (11-8)
A quick fight that ended with Guymon getting the Ivan Salaverry Treatment from Johnson: locked up and flattened out by a deceptively painful body triangle from the back mount. Johnson was disappointed post-fight about not being able to beat up Guymon more, but take comfort young man, Guymon looked to be in some serious pain immediately following his tap and soon after announced his retirement from fighting, so don’t be too hard on yourself.
DaMarques Johnson wins via Submission (Body Triangle) – Round 1, 3:22
Fight Score: 5.5

Lightweight Fight
Yves Edwards (39-16-1) vs. Cody McKenzie (12-0)
After Melvin Guillard was promoted to the main event slot following an injury to Kenny Florian, McKenzie answered the call to face the resurging Thugjitsu master. Yves was clearly the better striker on the feet and McKenzie seemed to be the better grappler at the beginning of the fight as he looked to lock up Edwards in his dangerous modified guillotine. The fight ended suddenly in the second round in an exciting chain of moves that saw Edwards go from being mounted to choking McKenzie out cold via rear naked choke.
Yves Edwards wins via Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 2, 4:33
Fight Score: 8

Lightweight Fight
Matt Wiman (12-5) vs. Cole Miller (17-4)
Both Wiman and Miller had begun to put some wins between themselves at the rest of the pack in the UFC lightweight division and the winner of this fight, originally slated for UFC 125, would take a huge step up into the realm of the lightweight contenders. Most expected this fight to be closer than it turned out to be as Wiman turned in a career best performance and completely dominated Miller for fifteen minutes from start to finish.
Matt Wiman wins via Unanimous Decision
Fight Score: 7

Heavyweight Fight
Pat Barry (5-2) vs. Joey Beltran (12-4)
There’s something really exciting about watching a high-level dynamic heavyweight striker. The UFC has given Pat Barry plenty of opportunities to showcase himself as that heavyweight striker; this fight with the superhumanly tough Beltran as the most recent chance. Barry’s leg kick were there, but that was about it. Granted, the kicks tore up Beltran’s leg, yet a fight that shouldn’t have gone three minutes went three rounds. Despite being worse for wear, Beltran out struck Barry and found himself on the wrong end of a decision.
Pat Barry wins via Unanimous Decision
Fight Score: 5.5

Featherweight Fight
George Roop (11-6-1) vs. Mark Hominick (19-8)
For Hominick, the stakes were clear: win, and you get a shot against Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship. Hominick fought like a man ready to insert himself in a title fight against one of the top pound for pounds fighters on the planet, dropping the overwhelmed Roop on multiple occasions and stopping the fight in less than ninety seconds. His reward is a date with Aldo tentatively penciled in for UFC 129. That one is going to be good, folks.
Mark Hominick wins via TKO – Round 1, 1:28
Fight Score: 7

Heavyweight Fight
Matt Mitrione (3-0) vs. Tim Hague (12-4)
Training with the renowned Duke Roufus has done wonders for the hands and footwork of the former NFL lineman in Mitrione, who put together a fight like Pat Barry should have. Mitrione said post fight that he tried to emulate the style of UFC Bantamweight Champion, Dominick Cruz, and he effectively pulled it off against Hague. A heavyweight Dominick Cruz? That’s a scary thought.
Matt Mitrione wins via TKO - Round 1, 2:59
Fight Score: 6.5

Main Event
Lightweight Fight
Melvin Guillard (26-8-2, 1 NC) vs. Evan Dunham (11-1)
As mentioned, Guillard filled in for an injured Kenny Florian to take on Dunham, a prospect whose stock had skyrocketed after a win over Tyson Griffin and a controversial loss to Sean Sherk. There’s a good chance that we’ll be able to look back at this fight as the moment when Guillard finally lived up to the potential that has been so apparent in his past dozen UFC bouts. Dunham, another very talented young fighter, was never in the fight except to be steamrolled by The Young Assassin. Is Guillard ready for a title shot? Maybe not yet, but a performance or two like this in future over other top fighters . . . look out.
Melvin Guillard wins TKO - Round 1, 2:58
Fight Score: 7

Total: 67 out of 110
Average Fight Score: 6.09

While UFC Fight for the Troops 2 was not a stacked card in a traditional sense, there were a pair of lightweight battles with emerging contenders with a handful of showcase bouts sprinkled in between. Some were successful in their showcase tilts, Hominick and Mitrione in particular, while others faltered some. A solid night of fights on free television (with prelims also shown for free on Facebook) for all. By comparison, UFC 125 most recently scored an average of 6.95.

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