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‘UFC Fight for the Troops 2′ Live Results and Commentary


(Creepiest job shadow ever. PicProps: UFC.com)

The fighters are locked and loaded. We can only assume that by now Evan Dunham has eased off the bender he no doubt went on after his beloved Ducks shit the bed in the BCS championship. Obviously, Melvin Guillard has found a suitably enormous wristwatch to complement his main event status. The troops have surely been drinking all day and we the audience have once again collectively decided to ignore the obvious irony of benefitting the survivors of traumatic brain injury with a show where the desired outcome often includes closed head trauma. In other words, as Bruce Buffer might say, it’s time.

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Here. We. Go. F2T2/2 kicks off with a video vignette telling us the UFC and the armed forces are “kindred spirits.” Imagine the sounds of dramatic trumpets and scenes of soldiers walking the horizon at sunset. Then we go to Rogan and Goldy cageside, per usual. Goldy’s rocking the seven-day growth goatee. He reminds us we’re here for a great cause and stumbles through his intro about troops “battling on the battle field.” Rogan is resplendent in his clavicle-print Affliction shirt. After a few words we segue into another vignette, this one a bit more informational about traumatic brain injury. So, we’re going to learn stuff tonight too.

Back in the arena Rogan dubs it a “sad state of affairs” that we have to hold these events to raise money for injured soldiers. Sorry for the political commentary, you guys, we know that stuff pisses you off. And we’re going to the cage, after this commercial break … and then another …

Cole Miller vs. Matt Wiman

Round 1
During the intros, it looks like Wiman and Miller are jawing at each other across the cage. Friendly banter, we assume. The first fight doesn’t kick off until 21 minutes after the hour, thanks to the copious words from our many, many sponsors. At the opening bell, Wiman comes out pushing forward and lands a hard leg kick. Miller responds with a crisp punching combination against the cage. Wiman gives an uppercut and gets a knee. Wiman controls the first half of the round, but Miller scores with another good knee to the gut. And another at 2:10. Miller looks for a clinch with just under two minutes to go and gets dumped on his backside by a Wiman takedown. The Handsome One controls the rest of the round from the top, landing some good strikes, including a double-fisted hammersmash. Nice, playa. 10-9 Wiman.

Round 2
They scramble to the ground and right back up in the early part of round two. With 45 seconds gone they end up back on the ground, with Wiman on top. He lands some more nice shots, but Miller threatens with a sweep and gets to his feet with 3:20 left. Wiman continues with his aggressiveness and Miller falls back to the mat after a knee to the grille. Another two-handed hammerfist from Wiman. And some hard punches. Another round controlled from the top by Wiman. He’s certainly up 2-0 through the first 10 minutes.

Round 3
Wiman starts with a stiff leg kick and then a combo he finishes with a high kick. A minute into the third, Miller tries to pull guard. Wiman flirts with a guillotine, but lets it go in favor of keeping his top position. More good shots, including a right hand that paintbrushes Miller’s head. Miller tries to snare a leg, but Wiman pulls it out and gets back on top. Miller goes to closed guard, attempting some strikes from his back. The final minute sees Wiman land a nice elbow and get back to his feet, where he continues to rain strikes on Miller’s dome. With 30 seconds left he gets Miller’s back, but can’t finish. Nonetheless, total domination from Wiman until the final bell. 10-9 Wiman.

Official decision: Matt Wiman def. Cole Miller 30-27 x 2, 29-28.

Wiman says he was nervous before the fight, thanks the lord, his wife, his buddies in the military and then says he left the TV on at his house so his animals could watch the bout. Huh. Following the fight Rogan interviews Vitor Belfort via tape delay.  It’s a total snore. At one point, Vitor says something like: “Some people look at a wall and see the color white, while other people see shades of gray.” Shit is deep, yo. He’s going to do his best come Feb. 5, blah, blah, blah …

Following another legitimately heartbreaking video vignette about a Marine corps captain who suffered TBI, we transition to the cage for some heavyweight action.

Pat Barry vs. Joey Beltran

Round 1
They touch gloves and Barry starts stalking, while Beltran bounces and circles. A minute in, Beltran clinches and Barry pushes him against the cage. Beltran rips a couple of body shots and tries to snatch a leg. Foot stomps and knees to the thigh don’t impress Mario Yamasaki, who restarts them at about the halfway point. Barry smacks him with a leg kick and gets out of the way of a wild combo from Beltran. Another leg kick from Barry. Beltran fires back with a good series of punches, at least a few of which land. With under a minute on the clock Beltran catches Barry with a knee to the junk (the second one of the fight) and so we take a break On the restart, Barry comes out hanging his hands at his waist. Not much more action before the bell. A chorus of boos from the crowd. Tough one to score. 10-9 Barry?

Round 2
Barry’s still adjusting his cup just before the start of the second. He throws a high kick and still has his hands down. Another high kick, then a low kick. And another leg kick. Again. Beltran comes forward with another punching combo and clinches against the cage. Yamasaki restarts them with 2:15 left. Some punches and an inside leg kick from Beltran. Leg kick from Barry. Then a high kick that lands. In the last 1:30 Barry starts lighting him up with leg kicks and some punches. Beltran still coming forward, zombie style. Nice uppercut and head-snapping punches from Beltran before the bell. Did he steal that round? I say no. 10-9 Barry. But hell, it could be 2-0 Beltran just as easy.

Round 3
Beltran wants to scrap to start the final stanza. Barry grazes his head with high kick 30 seconds in. Beltran continues to land punches and body shots with his never-say-die attack. Barry seems content to try to pick his shots. Not sure that’s the best strategy here. Beltran pins him against the cage and continues to pepper him with shots. Barry is bleeding from the face. Restart with 2 minutes left. A trio of leg kicks from Barry and then a punch that Beltran says got him in the eye. Yep, the replay shows Barry poked him while trying to push off. The doctor comes in to take a look, but says Beltran is OK. He’s squinting badly upon the restart and eats a couple more leg kicks. Barry stings him with a kick that crumples Beltran. Barry moves to mount along the cage, but chooses to stand back up. Another slapping kick to the face by Barry. Three more leg kicks. After the final bell, Beltran collapses from the kicks, but then gets up raising his hands in victory. This ought to be interesting …

Official decision: Pat Barry def. Joey Beltran by unanimous decision, 30-27, 29-28 x 2.

An emotional Barry reads from his deceased father’s military dog tag during his postfight interview. It’s actually very touching. On the subject of Beltran, he says: “I kicked him in the face 300 times and I think I beat his leg to death, but he was going to keep coming … that dude is a monster, man.” Then he quips: “Hey, Matt Mitrione, you’re fired.” OK, that’s funny.

After another video catching up with one of the soldiers featured in the first Fight for the Troops, it’s time for the featherweights …

Mark Hominick vs. George Roop

Round 1
In true featherweight fashion, they start fast. Roop is trying to keep Hominick at bay with his reach, whipping kicks and punches. That lasts about 40 seconds before Hominick drops him with a picture-perfect right. Hominick invites him back up. Hominick puts Roop in serious trouble with three more rights and then drops him with a left. The ref moves in to call the stoppage. It’s the right call, but then the ref allows Roop to get up and stumble across the cage to congratulate Hominick. Rogan is outraged by the referee’s lack of concern for Roop. Eh, it’s whatever.

Mark Hominick def. George Roop via TKO (punches), 1:28, round 1.

The crowd boos the aftermath. They probably didn’t agree with the stoppage, but on TV it was clear that Roop was done like dinner. The replay shows him stumbling across the cage like a noontime drunk. Hominick is polite, well-spoken and, you know, Canadian during his interview. He’s up next for Jose Aldo.

A taped interview between Rogan and Anderson Silva airs to complement his earlier talk with Belfort. This one is even worse than the first. Silva switches back and forth between English and Portuguese. The translator refers to his opponent as “Victor.” Rogan asks him a halfway decent question about whether he’s “excited” to finally face “an elite striker.” Silva totally does not answer it, instead just talking in the vaguest possible way about how much he’s looking forward to this. At least the interview is mercifully short.

Another TBI vignette. This one is the most heart wrenching yet. After an interview with one of the organizers of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, we’re cued up for Mitrione vs. Hague.

Matt Mitrione vs. Tim Hague

Round 1
Mitrione shakes off Hague’s attempt to touch gloves and rips an inside leg kick. Then another. Hague tries a head kick and Meathead just grins at him. Hague catches a kick and drives into the cage, but can only keep the fight there for a minute or so before Mitrione reverses position and moves back to center. Mitrione tags him with a punch and sends Hague stumbling to the canvas. Might have been a bit of a slip and Mitrione lets him up. Hague looks a bit gunshy as Mitrione barely misses a high kick. Mitrione drops Hague with a straight left and follows it up with punches on the mat. That’s it folks, as Dan Mirgliotta steps in to stop the fight.

Matt Mitrione def. Tim Hague via TKO (punches), round 1, 2:59.

Mitrione says he might have broken his hand with the first left that dropped Hague. He also says he wants to be tested by bigger and better heavyweights. “Pat Barry,” he says. “C’mon, man!” He pimps the Intrepid Fallen Heroes fund and then says: “The other thing I’d like to say? I’d like to thank my hands for being so damn good. Amen.”

And after even more commercials it’s main event time … sort of … we have a few more bills to pay first …

Melvin Guillard vs. Evan Dunham

Round 1
Both guys look active and light on their feet in the opening moments. Dunham lands a body kick and Melvin stings him with a punch. Dunham gets an early takedown, but Guillard gets his back against the cage immediately. He quickly works to his feet and lands a few more strikes. Dunham looks a bit taken-a-back by the speed of Guillard early. At the halfway point, Guillard drops Dunham with a right. Dunham tries to wrangle a takedown, but can’t get it. Guillard hits him with a flurry and then a knee that puts him on queer street. Then another knee. Dunham slumps to the canvas and accepts an obviously illegal knee from Guillard just as Mario Yamasaki moves in to stop it.

Melvin Guillard def. Evan Dunham via TKO (strikes), round 1, 2:58.

In his postfight, Melvin says he wants a title shot. He says he’s going to go undefeated in 2011 and get it. It’s good to have goals. Damn though, he looked good there.

They’re lining up McKenzie vs. Edwards from the undercard … 

Cody McKenzie vs. Yves Edwards

Round 1
McKenzie comes out aggressively, throwing a kick and immediately looking for a takedown. He can’t get it. Edwards gets up, but it’s not long before McKenzie is at it again. Another failed takedown attempt. They trade low kicks. Edwards pops him with a couple of punches and McKenzie smiles. At the midway point in the round, McKenzie dives for another takedown but no dice. Edwards hits him with an uppercut. Then a pair of leg kicks. McKenzie just keeps flailing forward. McKenzie tries to pull guard, but Edwards moves into mount. McKenzie scrambles out of it and tries to take Edwards’ back with weird attempt at a body triangle from the back. Edwards gets back to his feet.  10-9 Edwards.

Round 2
They trade jabs at the opening bell, then Edwards unleashes a wicked combination on McKenzie. The Spokane native doesn’t seem to mind. McKenzie shoots a single and gets Edwards down and takes his back. McKenzie gets one hook in. Edwards rolls over and gives up mount. McKenzie moves to side control in a scramble. McKenzie unleashes a torrent of good punches and takes the back again. Edwards finally shakes him off, only to get dragged down again. Edwards manages to get on top and moves to mount. McKenzie gives up his back and Edwards quickly locks on a rear naked choke. McKenzie does not tap and gets choked unconscious.

Yves Edwards def. Cody McKenzie via technical submission (rear naked choke), round 2, 4:33.

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LAS- January 23, 2011 at 6:32 pm
@Jared

You can't possibly be dumb enough to fail to understand that not everyone shares your willingness to drop $50 every month on a PPV. This show was not about making pissant fans like yourself happy (as if they somehow owe you something), but about killing two birds with one stone: giant PR coup by "supportin' our troops" and running a 3-hour TV commercial for the upcoming Belfort-Silva PPV. Free shows clearly serve a place in the UFC economy, and it isn't Dana White's fault you're too dumb wait 30 or 60 minutes and fast-forward through the video packages with your DVR.
JaredB- January 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm
Okay, so we now have a 20-8 fighter fighting probably the single most dangerous featherweight ever, and top 5 P4P, and you care about fighter safety? The fact is, all of the world's good featherweights at this point are from Nova Uniao so unless they have Aldo start fighting teammates like Diego Nunes it's just a derby to see who gets their ass kicked anyway.

Spoiled brat? They took away all the good free MMA when they closed the WEC. I have cause to be a little pissed. Good for the sport my ass.
ghostboner- January 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm
@JaredB - Yes he was upkicking, and as we learned roughly 60 seconds later, he was in fact completely done. Or should we let Hominick keep drilling him until he is out for a few days? I think not. That was proven to be an excellent stoppage, Hominick has proven to be an excellent fighter, and you sir have proven to be incompetent when it comes to mma and a complete retart to boot. Enjoy your snack pack mixed with your own boogers.
DARKHORSE06- January 23, 2011 at 8:20 am
Matt Mitrione looked great as did that fucking idiot Melvin.

Cody McKenzie looked crazed and desperate. It was cool to see Yves pull out a win Cody was trying so desperately to secure.
ccman- January 23, 2011 at 7:33 am
Good night of fights. I agree all the commercials screw with the flow of the show but. If it benifits military families I say do one a quarter.
Fight notes : mitrone is maybe ready to run into a gatekeeper. Definitely no elites. Still shocked he's 260.
Gulliard is not belt ready by a longshot. And since demolition man is already on vhs is unmarketable.
Barry has the killer instinct of a moth. The guy really needs to spend a few months around wandi and see if he can absorb some. He couldn't pull that junk with any elite hws.
DangadaDang- January 23, 2011 at 7:11 am
JaredB if anything, you are the most persistent "retart" I've seen in the comment section in quite some time.
rlh61- January 23, 2011 at 7:06 am
@JaredB

Dude, Roop was done. No need for that one to go any further.

And c'mon man...free fights...what are you bitching about?

In a short series of posts, you managed to sound like a spoiled brat, an uneducated MMA fan, and almost anti-veteran. None of that may be true of you, but it sure did sound like it.
RearNakedSpoon- January 23, 2011 at 5:22 am
First time reading results like this, sounds like it was a good card mostly.
Made Mitrione sound really good, he seems to be progressing well...until he runs into stiffer competition. I fear Crocop may be in his future.
JaredB- January 22, 2011 at 10:52 pm

ghostboner Says:
Sun, 01/23/2011 - 01:19

And whoever said Roop was a bad stoppage, you are retart.

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Eyes wide open, throwing upkicks, trying to get position. No, i believe you are retart. He was hobbled? Big fucking deal. He's a pro fighter, he can handle it. That stoppage was garbage and Mark Hominck is shit.
NinjaNerd8- January 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm
Lmfao @ ghostboner's sisqo reference.
Ballkick- January 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm
@JaredB

Tim Hague is a horrible fighter, how he made it back into the UFC is beyond me.
,....... and I say that being from Canada as well as from Alberta too.
But I calls em as I sees em.
Pathetic performance,....absolutely pathetic.

Homnick looked fantastic

Cody Mac,.....no quit in that boy......kudos to him.
ghostboner- January 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm
And whoever said Roop was a bad stoppage, you are retart.
ghostboner- January 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm
I have to say that was a damn good card. Every fight delivered. I was kind of disappointed in Melvin Guillard's speech though. Mostly because I was expecting him to say "She had dumps like a truck, truck, truck..." Ya might have impressed Greg and Dana, Melvin, but ya let me down.
JaredB- January 22, 2011 at 10:09 pm

BoCo Says:
Sun, 01/23/2011 - 00:59

Joe Hogan, tonights fights are more about the soldiers than your QUEER ASS. Dont watch it then ya BITCH.I hope your fucking cable/satellite signal went out

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That's the thing, I DON'T FUCKING CARE. Put it on PPV and give them a portion of the proceeds so I don't have to hear about it. When I turn on the UFC I want to see nothing but fights. I will pay for it and have countless times. I would prefer no free TV shows ever and just all PPV if it means no ads and video packages.
JaredB- January 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm
Tim Hague is just terrible, period. How did Kimbo get cut, he was 1-1 with a win over Houston Alexander and actually drew money! Kimbo would smash Tim Hague!
BoCo- January 22, 2011 at 9:59 pm
Joe Hogan, tonights fights are more about the soldiers than your QUEER ASS. Dont watch it then ya BITCH.I hope your fucking cable/satellite signal went out
TheRealMrBeefy- January 22, 2011 at 9:53 pm
Well here it goes.

Cole Miller obviously did not show up tonight. It did not even look like he was trying to fight back against Wiman. What a way to waste a win over Ross Pearson. Back to the end of the line dumbass. The lightweight division is moving very fast and if Cole Miller continues to fight like that he will be cut within 1-2 fights. He will not be seeing any televised fights again anytime soon. Back to the prelim's he goes.

Pat Berry successfully smashed the shit out of Beltran's leg. How the hell was he able to walk after all of those leg kicks? Damn. Shame on Barry for not finishing that fight. Beltran hit Barry with so many shots that Barry should have been able to easily avoid. Even though it was very entertaining to watch Beltran's leg get destroyed, a finish would have been great. Barry has absolutely no excuse for not ending that fight. The fight could have went either way to be perfectly honest. Disappointing win overall from Barry. Never leave it in the hands of the judges. Especially when you had every opportunity in the world to finish it.

Now I know why Anderson Silva never speaks English in his interviews. I've read so many times about how Silva Knows English but never speaks it because of disrespect towards Americans (whatever). Now it makes sense. Rogan asked him a simple question about how he was going to prepare for an elite striker in Belfort and all he could say over and over again was about how excited he was for this fight to happen. That explains why half of the interview was translated with an interpreter and Silva winged a portion of it. Learn English Dumb ass.

Mark Homnick completely owned Roop. Big Time. Every strike that mattered, that Homnick threw, made its mark. Roop was outclassed and this fight just showed that we was no where near in the same league as the fighters in the top half of the featherweight division. I originally did not think Homnick had what it took to take on Aldo, but this fight has shown that he is a pretty damn good striker. It should be a better title defense than Aldo's last one against Manny Gamburyan. Gamby looked wicked scared against the little Brazilian. Rogan seemed pretty upset about the fact that Roop wasd left unattended by the Ref. Calm down Rogan. It's not the end of the world. Write a letter if it bothers you enough. Damn. I was hoping Roop thought he was still in it. That would have been entertaining.

Earlier tonight I posted that Mitrione was going to get his ass kicked. I think I used the term "Can crushing Cans". Well I am not saying he is not a can, because he still is, but! He looked 150% better tonight than he did when he was on TUF. I was pretty impressed. Sure it was Tim Hague, but Mitrione has a lot less experience than Hauge and he just beat the shit out of him. I especially liked when he dropped him that last time and Mitrione scrambled to the floor and jumped at him head on. He showed great aggression tonight and I really would like to see him get tested up against Brandon Shaub someday. That would be an Interesting Fight!

Dunham looked 1 dimensional against Gulliard. I had Dunham for this fiight but Melivin just totally out struck and displayed his speed and ability to move forward relentlessly. Anyone who still says that Greg Jackson's Camp teaches fighters how to fight "safe" can shut-up now. Melvin was purely the aggressor, though Dunham tried his best to fight back, That barrage of overheads and knee's was too much for the young up and comer to handle. Experience won tonight. I would like to see Dunham come back, he is a great fighter and I think he is far from done with what he has to offer to the lightweight division.

tnbp- January 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm
JaredB, are you kidding? Alive and throwing upkicks? That's possibly the dumbest thing I've ever seen posted here-- and that's saying something. After the fight was stopped, he couldn't even walk across the ring because he was STILL out on his feet. That was a great stoppage. There is NO NEED for Roop to get blasted anymore in that spot.
JaredB- January 22, 2011 at 9:29 pm
Realized I dropped the adjective "rancid" twice. I just watched a show that didn't deserve the UFC banner (the second of which they've run since the Germany show lately) and feel gypped. Plus Mike Brown is probably done, which is almost as sad as the video packages. Why is taking care of our veterans a charity the UFC has to take up? Does our government really suck that badly?
JaredB- January 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm
How much was the ref paid to stop the fight while Roop was alive and throwing upkicks for Mr. Canada to get his title shot in Toronto. Hominick sucks and Aldo is going to break every bone in his face. Dunham's stand up is rancid and he got stomped and how the hell was Tim Hague a step up in competition for Mittrione?

Except Thug-jitsu vs. French Revolution this was a rancid night of fights. PS: UFC, why not just have a PPV and give some proceeds to the TBI foundations? I am an adult who can buy pay per views and hate fucking ads and video packages that slow the show down. I don't mind having to order or go to a bar to avoid that crap. 3 fights that last 3 minutes apiece shouldn't take 90 minutes to air.
DangadaDang- January 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm
Sucks to see Mckenzie lose, but he held his own for a while considering the huge step up in competition.
nashty316- January 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm
A four star Brigader General? WTF is that? A Brig general is a one star you fatard!
Casa de los pantelones- January 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm
wiman looked impressive...hominick will give joe-say a good run...mitrione looked good.

But gahdamn...Dan mirgliotta is a big sombitch, why is that gorilla not punching people in the face, lol.

And melvin, oh melvin...starting to come around my boy, yes sir. Fastest hands ever.
the glza- January 22, 2011 at 8:42 pm
jeesus freakin christ yamasaki stop a goddamned fight BEFORE serious trauma you jackass!


and what's with that stupid heart bullshit -- this dipshit just saw that on the internet one day and decided to do it on national television like he's some kind of thing... just focus on your damn job, idiot.
DangadaDang- January 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm
Ok, I'll get behind Guillard as a legit contender for the moment.
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