(A few of the victims who felt the wrath of Fight for the Troops II.)
Here we are five days out from last weekend’s Fight for the Troops II show and word has begun trickling out about the statuses of a few of the fighters on the card.
The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation announced on Tuesday that it had suspended five fighters who fought at the event held at the Fort Hood military base in Killeen, Texas.
Williamy Freire (out indefinitely for right hand and right cheek injuries)
Matt Mitrione (out indefinitely for a broken second metacarpal on his left hand) Tim Hague (out until February 22 as precaution due to TKO), George Roop (out until February 22 as precaution due to TKO) and Evan Dunham (out until February 22 as precaution due to TKO) were all handed down suspensions this week.
Surprisingly, neither Mike Guymon, who was left writhing around the canvas clutching his ribs in pain following his loss to DaMarques Johnson, and Mike Brown, who announced via Facebook that he suffered a tear to a ligament in his hand in his decision loss to Rani Yahya, received any sanctions from the commission. Although reports have yet to surface about his UFC status, Brown could very well be on the chopping block, considering he dropped to 2-4 in his last six bouts with the loss to Yahya.
Although he wasn’t let go by the promotion, Guymon has decided that it would be in everybody’s best interest if he were to retire from the sport a UFC fighter. According to "The Joker," his age coupled with the negative affect anti-depressant medication he has been taking since his highly publicized 2009 near suicide has had on him have made it difficult to compete at the UFC level.
"It has been one hell of a ride. I am so thankful to be part oif this sport for so long. I just can’t fight anymore. The drugs I take for my depression effect me to much and I’m not the youngest guy either lol," Guymon posted on mixedmartialarts.com’s Underground forum. "I will be back on here lurking and laughing now that I am done fighting. For me it was to hard as a fighter to come onto any forums because the crap that is said sometimes. Me being an emotional fighter can read or hear 99 great things and hear the 1 bad thing somebody says and all I’d do is dwell on the 1 bad thing.
Anyways, I’m Back : )
Your totally Emotional Crazy Funny Ex- Fighter Neighborhood Joker"
Guymon retires with a 12-5-1 MMA record which includes wins over Thomas Schulte, Kyacey Uscola and Yoshiyuki Yoshida.
In addition to his medical suspension, Hague also received news yesterday that he had been cut by Zuffa for the third time following his TKO loss to Mitrione Saturday night.
This was the former kindergarten teacher’s third kick at the cat.
With this firing, Hague, who has been let go three times and brought back twice, earned the distinction of being the Canadian fighter who has been shit-canned and re-hired the most by the UFC ahead of David Loiseau (2-1), Joe Doerksen (2-1) and Jason MacDonald (1-1). He was given a second chance by the UFC after getting dropped by the promotion following back-to-back uninspired losses to Todd Duffee at UFC 102 and Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 109. Following a close decision loss to Joey Beltran in his return bout at UFC 113 in December — a fight he came into as a late replacement — Hague was given his walking papers for the second time by Joe Silva.
The Alberta-based fighter has said that he will take some time off to rest and think about his next move, but vows to be back in the Octagon some day.
“After getting released from the UFC again today, I’m gonna take a little break away from MMA, let the brain heal from my concussion, and get the passion/fire back,” Hague wrote on his Facebook page. “Even toying with the idea of trying a cut to 205 [pounds]. I will be back though, I’m only 27, and I will make it back to the UFC.”
Maybe Tim and Brock can get a two for one deal on the Big Nog’ book on how to take a punch and keep on fighting.