UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill is now in the books this Memorial Day weekend after another night of great fights. A U.S. Marine and a former Sengoku champion met in a middleweight battle. In a welterweight showcase, an up-and-coming prospect faced a former title challenger with the hopes of starting his own run for the 170-pound title. Two of the UFC’s biggest heavyweights entered the cage where the potential for either to come tumbling down was nearly guaranteed. In the co-main event, two heavyweight contenders clashed trying to claw their way to the top of their weight division’s elite pack. The headlining bout saw a promising fighter take on a beloved-yet-feared former champion as the 205lb-ers closed out the event. After a night of action, here is a recap of what went down. While the victors goes the spoils, here listed are also a few fighters that may be coming up soon to take their place.
This week on MMA Gospel Radio, host Gary Friedman was joined by a guest co-host, the always entertaining Spilled Bag of Ice. The pair started the broadcast with a discussion of the UFC Fight for the Troops 2 card from last Saturday. Topics included Cole Miller (13-5) and Evan Dunham (10-2) and whether or not the pair were overrated prior to their losses to Matt Wiman (17-5) and “The Young Assassin” Melvin Guillard (26-8-2), respectively. Also on the table was a discussion of the impressive performance of “Meathead” Matt Mitrione (4-0) and his over-the-top personality and showmanship. Of course, his “Meatstache” was mentioned, as well.
So, it’s been a while. Well, actually there was a “Spilled Bag of Chat” with Team MeatBerry last week. Here’s the link if you missed it.
Thankfully, we had UFC Fight for the Troops 2 on Saturday so I have something to write about… aside from my leaking ceiling, which was fixed supposedly, thanks for asking. We’ll see next time it rains.
So, right… Should I go in order or just wing it? Freestyle. Well, we live in an era of short attention spans, right? I think I read that somewhere on the Internet. What was I talking about? Oh yeah, the micro-information, multi-tasking, Attention Deficit Disorder epidemic. Well, obviously you guys read, right? But still… I better keep it moving to hold your attention. I hear weed is good for that. Nick Diaz told me. Or maybe I read it online. I dunno, I can’t concentrate. I think I need some medical marijuana. Are any of you guys stoned right now? Like you. Yes, YOU. Am I freaking you out, man? Okay, my short attention span has expired on this joke… but how about this one. I was wondering why Matt Mitrione did not have his much ballyhooed “Meatstache” for the fight. After all, there was so much talk of it taking over the world (listen to the “Spilled Bag of Chat”!) and it was seen looking ready for war at the weigh-ins the day before the fights. In fact, at the face-off between Tim Hague and Matt, Meatstache looked like it was ready to throw down with Tim’s beard right then and there. And yet, when Matt walked into the Octagon on Saturday night, his face was conspicuously clean-shaven. What happened?! I sure don’t know. I asked Matt on Twitter and have not gotten a reply yet. So, I can only imagine what happened. And when I imagine what happened, it goes a little something like this:
After his UFC Fight for the Troops 2 bout against The Ultimate Fighter 9 alum DaMarques Johnson (15-8) this last Saturday, 36-year-old MMA veteran “The Joker” Mike Guymon (12-4-1) seems to be calling it quits from the sport he has competed in for over a decade.
Following his verbal submission loss to Johnson, the UFC cameras caught a visibly emotional Guymon backstage confessing to his opponent that after a long, storied career in mixed martial arts, he is ready to hang up his 4oz. gloves for good. Guymon said, “I’m just so happy to be done with it, man. It’s such a long road, I wanted to…it’s so hard to explain. So many years fighting, I’m so happy to be done… I just accomplished everything I want to do with fighting.” (Click here to see the video)
The UFC’s second card dedicated to the men and women of our Armed Forces couldn’t have gone better for the promotion. UFC Fight for the Troops 2 came out guns blazing with a card stacked with not necessarily the top fighters in their divisions, but certainly some of the most exciting and the show did not disappoint. All of the main card bouts and the majority of the prelims featured bell to bell action with several potentially career-changing performances for the men in the cage. While there were a few close calls involving an absentminded referee and the occasional lackadaisical late round fighter, the card delivered in a big way for the fighters, fans, and most importantly, the troops live at Fort Hood. However, it can’t be all wine and roses for everyone involved, so MMA Gospel is here with The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Fight for the Troops 2.
Amilcar Alves vs. Charlie Brenneman: Brenneman via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Will Campuzano vs. Chris Cariaso: Cariaso via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
—Prelims on Facebook Live Stream—
Rani Yahya vs. Mike Brown: Yahya via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Willamy Freire vs. Waylon Lowe: Lowe via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Yves Edwards vs. Cody McKenzie: Edwards via Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 2, 4:33
Mike Guymon vs. DaMarques Johnson: Johnson via Verbal Submission (Injury from Body Triangle), Round 1, 3:22
—Main Card (Spike TV)—
Cole Miller vs. Matt Wiman: Wiman via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Pat Barry vs. Joey Beltran: Barry via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Mark Hominick vs. George Roop: Hominick via TKO (Punches), Round 1, 1:28
Matt Mitrione vs. Tim Hague: Mitrione via TKO (Punches), Round 1, 2:59
Melvin Guillard vs. Evan Dunham: Guillard via TKO (Punches and Knees), Round 1, 2:58
The UFC sets out tonight to show their appreciation for the men and women of the United States Armed Forces once again with the second installment of UFC Fight for the Troops at Fort Hood, Texas. The card features several prominent names and UFC veterans including “Handsome” Matt Wiman (12-5), dangerous boxer “The Mexicutioner” Joey Beltran (10-3), heavyweight fan favorite “Hype or Die” Pat Barry (4-3), WEC veteran “The Machine” Mark Hominick (18-7), “The Thrashing Machine” Tim Hague (10-4), and The Ultimate Fighter alums “Meathead” Matt Mitrione (3-0), George Roop (11-5-1), and “Magrinho” Cole Miller (17-4). For the main event, the UFC has provided the troops with a sure fire action packed crowd pleaser between two of the most promising young lightweights in the organization’s journeyman ranks with “The Young Assassin” Melvin Guillard (25-8-2) taking on top prospect Evan Dunham (10-1). Guillard enters the bout riding a three fight win streak and a 5-1 record since 2008 after a rocky start following his stint on TUF Season 2. Dunham steps into the cage looking to redeem himself after suffering his first loss in a very narrow and controversial Split Decision against “The Muscle Shark” Sean Sherk (34-4-1) at UFC 119 in August. Both men have exciting styles and every reason to go for broke in their quest to prove they belong at the top of the lightweight division.
Will Campuzano: 135lbs.
Chris Cariaso: 135lbs.
Charlie Brenneman: 171lbs.
Amilcar Alves: 171lbs.
Willamy Freire: 155lbs.
Waylon Lowe: 156lbs.
Mike Brown: 146lbs.
Rani Yahya: 145lbs.
—Prelims on Facebook Live Stream—
Mike Guymon: 170.5lbs.
DaMarques Johnson: 170lbs.
Cody McKenzie: 155lbs.
Yves Edwards: 155lbs.
Cole Miller: 155.5lbs.
Matt Wiman: 155lbs.
Pat Barry: 240lbs.
Joey Beltran: 230lbs.
Mark Hominick: 145.5lbs.
George Roop: 145lbs.
Tim Hague: 256.5lbs.
Matt Mitrione: 260lbs.
Evan Dunham: 156lbs.
Melvin Guillard: 155lbs.
Tomorrow night in Fort Hood, Texas, the UFC hosts its second Fight for the Troops event to benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The night’s action includes performances from some of the UFC’s most exciting fighters including the sharp-tongued “The Young Assassin” Melvin Guillard (25-8-2), top lightweight prospect Evan Dunham (10-1), The Ultimate Fighter 8 alum George Roop (11-5), kickboxer “The Machine” Mark Hominick (18-7), American Top Team stand-out “Magrinho” Cole Miller (17-4), “Handsome” Matt Wiman (12-5), fan favorite “Hype or Die” Pat Barry (4-3), and boxer “The Mexicutioner” Joey Beltran (10-3). Also on the main card is a heavy-duty battle between The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 alum “Meathead” Matt Mitrione (3-0) and King of the Cage veteran “The Thrashing Machine” Tim Hague (10-4). Mitrione has won all three fights in his short UFC career starting with a knockout over fellow TUF 10 competitor “Big Baby” Marcus Jones (4-2), then deflating the hot air from “Kimbo Slice” Kevin Ferguson (4-2) then Joey Beltran at UFC 119. Tim Hague has fought four times under the UFC banner going 1-3 with his lone win coming over Pat Barry and his three losses coming by the hands of Joey Beltran, Todd Duffee (5-1) and Chris Tuchscherer (16-3). The bout is an important crossroads for both men, as a loss would likely cost Hague his place in the UFC and a win would send Mitrione into the fringes of the title picture.
For all the men and women in uniform serving and fighting each day to protect Americans’ lives and freedom, it seems fitting at the very least that the UFC presents a second installment of Fight for the Troops as a way of saying “thank you”. This Saturday night from Fort Hood, Texas, UFC Fight for the Troops 2 aims to do just that and show both American and worldwide audiences just how grateful citizens are for the troops’ service. Before the card’s main event featuring the explosive “The Young Assassin” Melvin Guillard (25-8-2) versus Jiu-Jitsu wizard Evan Dunham (10-1), undefeated The Ultimate Fighter 10 alum Matt Mitrione (3-0) competes against “The Thrashing Machine” Tim Hague (10-4) in the co-main event, former WEC featherweights George Roop (11-5) and “The Machine” Mark Hominick (18-7) battle it out as a supporting event, and proceeding American Top Team stand-out “Magrinho” Cole Miller (17-4) taking on “Handsome” Matt Wiman (12-5), two of the heavyweight division’s heavy-limbed strikers are set to take the stage at Fort Hood for a stand-up war. On one end of the Octagon will stand the energetically animated yet equally lethal kickboxer in “Hype or Die” Pat Barry (4-3). The opposite side will bear a former King of the Cage contender and concrete-handed “The Mexicutioner” Joey Beltran (10-3). With a majority of both fighters’ bouts ending in a (T)KO, the troops returning back home are promised a fight nothing short of memorable.
This Saturday night The Ultimate Fighter 8 alum and WEC veteran George Roop (11-5-1) will face “The Machine” Mark Hominick (18-7) in a main card featherweight clash at UFC Fight for the Troops 2. The event also features “Handsome” Matt Wiman (12-5) taking on American Top Team stand-out “Magrinho” Cole Miller (17-4), a heavyweight tilt between fan favorite “Hype or Die” Pat Barry (4-3) and “The Mexicutioner” Joey Beltran (10-3), TUF 10 alum “Meathead” Matt Mitrione (3-0) facing “The Thrashing Machine” Tim Hague (10-4), and top lightweight Evan Dunham (10-1) versus “The Young Assassin” Melvin Guillard (25-8-2). Mark Hominick originally was slated to challenge WEC Featherweight Champion turned UFC featherweight champ “Junior” Jose Aldo (18-1) in his first UFC title defense at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day but an injury forced Aldo from the card. Now, Roop steps in for a fight Hominick can’t afford to lose. Following his stint on The Ultimate Fighter, Roop went 1-2 in the UFC and was consequently dropped by the organization. He went on to earn a win in a regional promotion then signed with the WEC 15 months after receiving his UFC pink slip. There, Roop found himself down a weight class, at featherweight, where he’s gone 1-1-1 including a second round head kick KO victory of “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (10-3). Mark Hominick has also had a run in the UFC previously, going 2-0 before dropping down from lightweight to featherweight and currently rides a four fight winning streak coming into his main card tilt with George Roop. The match has serious implications for both fighters, as a loss could easily result in being dropped from Zuffa’s roster once again.
This Saturday night the UFC presents their second edition of Fight for the Troops out of Fort Hood, Texas. The card may lack the typical plethora of mainstream contenders, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking that just because names such as “Rampage” Quinton Jackson (29-8) or “Rush” Georges St. Pierre (21-2) are not on the card that this is a lackluster event. UFC Fight for the Troops 2 presents a who’s who of fighters ready to take their game to the next level. In the main event the Greg Jackson protege “The Young Assassin” Melvin Guillard (25-8-2) takes on the rising star of Evan Dunham (10-1). Former NFL star and The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 stand-out Matt Mitrione (3-0) will encounter King of the Cage veteran “The Thrashing Machine” Tim Hague (10-4) and the newly acquired WEC featherweights will make their UFC debut with Mark Hominick (18-7), currently riding a four fight win streak, against another TUF alum in George Roop (11-5) who is returning to the Octagon after a second round head kick knockout of “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (10-3). Two of the UFC’s heavyweight colossuses will encounter in a fan-friendly stand-up war when “Hype or Die” Pat Barry (4-3) meets with “The Mexicutioner” Joey Beltran (10-3), but the honors of kicking the main card go to three-time Submission of the Night winner “Magrinho” Cole Miller (17-4) and three-time Fight of the Night winner “Handsome” Matt Wiman (12-5). These two not only will be given the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of America’s servicemen and women at Fort Hood, Texas, they will set the bar for the night to follow.
The Ultimate Fighter 12 alum and Alaska native “The Deadliest Catch” Cody McKenzie (12-0) is one of several up-and-coming stars and TUF stand-outs featured on this Saturday’s UFC Fight for the Troops 2 card. McKenzie faces UFC, PRIDE, Elite XC, and BoDogFIGHT veteran and founder of “Thug Jitsu” Yves Edwards (39-16-1) in one of two preliminary bouts featured on a Facebook live stream – those who “like” the UFC on the social networking site can access the live stream Saturday night.
McKenzie’s professional MMA career barely spans four years and already the lightweight has racked up a dozen consecutive victories as well as a successful stint on The Ultimate Fighter. Furthermore, his last nine fights were won by first round submission with McKenzie’s special brand of modified Guillotine Choke, now dubbed “The McKenzietine”. The TUF alum has spent an astonishingly short cumulative total of 24 minutes and 16 seconds in the cage throughout his entire career, finishing 11 of his 12 opponents in the first stanza and allowing just one to make it to almost the halfway point of the second.
It’s 20 minutes of pure chaos – just enough to blow your mind and leave you wanting more. Before Matt “Meathead” Mitrione and Pat “Hype or Die” Barry fight this Saturday at UFC’s Fight for the Troops 2 in Texas, I knew I had to get them both on the phone and let the MeatBerry Madness loose on the world. I also knew that when it was all said and done, if the world was still standing, it would thank me. You’re welcome.
If you follow the constituent parts of Team MeatBerry [@MattMitrione and @HypeorDie] on Twitter then you know what epic MeatBerry awesomeness is had when these two join forces. And don’t worry, Matt’s Meatstache is still on board! Hopefully, we can get MeatBerry together again with your boy SBoI for more magic when things aren’t so hectic… until that magical day, here’s a taste of MEATBERRY ON THE ROCKS!