The UFC’s Fight for the Troops 2 goes down this Saturday. New MtlMMA contributor ‘Downtown’ Dave Brown offer his quick picks for the night.
Evan Dunham (11-1) vs. Melvin Guillard (26-8-2)
Look for this one to be a bit of snoozer. Dunham coming off his first loss will probably be tentative and Guillard isn’t the dynamic risk taker that he used to be. Dunham wins by decision.
Matt Mitrione (3-0) vs. Tim Hague (12-4)
Hague has looked good in his last two fights outside the UFC and probably represents a significant step up for Mitrione. Mitrione is the better athlete and will win this one by TKO in Round 2.
Mark Hominick (19-8) vs. George Roop (11-6)
Hominick knows how critical this fight is and will probably stand and bang with Roop who tends to stay standing as well. Roop has a size and reach advantage, so he wins via split decision.
Pat Barry (5-2) vs. Joey Beltran (12-4)
Two fighters who enjoy putting up their dukes. Barry wins via first round KO.
Cole Miller (17-4) vs. Matt Wiman (12-5)
Two great grapplers. Cole Miller is probably one of the most underrated lightweights in the UFC, but he won’t be able to sub the very technical Wiman. Miller wins via decision.
Cody McKenzie (12-0) vs. Yves Edwards (39-16-1)
After watching the last season of TUF it’s hard to dislike McKenzie and his supreme guillotine, but the battle tested Edwards probably won’t give him his neck and McKenzie’s conditioning is still a big question mark. Either McKenzie stops Edwards or he’ll get outlasted in a decision. Edwards wins a razor thin decision.
DaMarques Johnson (11-8) vs. Mike Guymon (12-4-1)
There is no doubting Johnson’s athletic ability, but can he deal with a very well rounded fighter in Guymon? Guymon wins with a 3rd round TKO.
Mike Brown (24-7) vs. Rani Yahya (15-6)
Brown is due for a big win and is fighting after a very short layoff. If he doesn’t win this one, I wouldn’t be surprised if the former WEC champ gets cut. Brown via first round knockout.