Fighting with a truly meaningful purpose in front of some real American heroes, “The Ultimate Fighter®” alums Kenny Florian, Mike Swick, Matt Mitrione, Melvin Guillard, and U.S. Army and National Guard veteran DaMarques Johnson will be featured on Spike TV’s telecast of “UFC® Fight For The Troops” live from Fort Hood, Texas on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT. The main event showcases two of the best lightweights in the world, Florian and Evan Dunham.
This special live UFC fight card will raise funds for the brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces with traumatic brain injuries. Information about ways to donate can be found online at www.fightforthetroops.com, along with UFC.com and Spike.com.
Spike TV and the UFC are partnering with the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund for the special event. This is the second “Fight for the Troops” show, the first taking place in Fayetteville, North Carolina in December 2008 that raised over 4 million dollars. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) provides assistance to our nation’s military heroes who have been critically injured in the performance of their duty, and their families
Fort Hood is home to the largest active duty armored post in the United States Armed Services. The “Great Place” is home to over 349,000 military personnel, Family members, retirees and civilian employees. Thousands of soldiers from Fort Hood, the proud home of III Corps, the reigning All Army Combatives Championship Team, 1st Cavalry Division, 13th Sustainment Command, First Army Division West, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade, among others, will be in attendance.
“It’s always a great honor for us to entertain the men and women of the military by bringing them some great fights while raising money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund,” UFC President Dana White said. “It’s the least we can do for the people who are defending this country and making so many sacrifices for our freedom, and this is a cause the UFC will always support.”
“Spike TV is proud to partner with the UFC and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to support and assist these real American heroes,” said Kevin Kay, president, Spike TV.
“We’re thrilled to be the beneficiary of the generosity of Spike TV and the UFC. Their fans have always supported our troops and we thank them for their unwavering commitment to what we do to help our brave men and women in uniform and their families” said Richard Santulli, Chairman, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
“The Ultimate Fighter 1” finalist and lightweight contender Kenny Florian (15-5) is on a quest for another shot at the coveted 155lb championship belt. Winner of two of his last three bouts, both by submission over Clay Guida and Takanori Gomi, the popular Massachusetts veteran is looking to battle his way into the title picture, and he needs a victory over rising star Dunham to continue on that path.
Fighting out of Las Vegas with Xtreme Couture, Evan Dunham (11-1) won his first 11 pro fights including eye-opening victories over Efrain Escudero (winning “Fight of the Night” honors) in January 2010 and Tyson Griffin at UFC 115 this past June. And despite a UFC 119 loss to Sean Sherk, Dunham’s performance and the controversial nature of the split verdict guaranteed that his stock only rose in that’s evening’s “Fight of the Night”.
Mike Swick (14-4), a native of Houston Texas, currently fighting out of San Jose, CA with American Kickboxing Academy, has won four of his six UFC fights at welterweight, and is geared up for a big return to action in January. The charismatic “The Ultimate Fighter 1” standout takes on David Mitchell (11-1) from Berkley, CA. Mitchell is looking to follow up with another exciting performance like the one he delivered in his UFC debut against TJ Waldburger in September.
Undefeated heavyweight Matt “Meathead” Mitrione (3-0), an alumnus of “The Ultimate Fighter 10,” is looking to continue his ascension up the UFC heavyweight ranks against Tim Hague. Mitrione is a former defensive lineman for the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings, and he most recently won “Fight of the Night” honors in his victory over Joey Beltran at UFC 119 in September. His opponent, Hague (12-4), is a Canadian slugger riding a two-fight winning streak.
Fighting in front of his fellow soldiers, U.S Army and National Guard vet DaMarques Johnson (16-8), who was a finalist of “The Ultimate Fighter 9,” takes on Mike Guymon (12-4) in a welterweight contest. Johnson, fighting out of Sandy, Utah, defeated Brad Blackburn at UFC 112 in April via TKO winning “Knockout of the Night” honors. Guymon, fighting out of Lake Forest, CA, has won six of his last eight pro bouts.
“The Ultimate Fighter 2” alum Melvin Guillard (44-9-3, 1 NC), training out of Albuquerque, New Mexico with the famed Jackson’s MMA team, has won six of his last seven fights in the Octagon, rising up the ranks of the UFC’s 155 lb division. His opponent is Yves Edwards (39-16-1), fighting out of Austin, Texas, and one of the UFC’s most battle-tested veterans. Edwards, who made his UFC debut at UFC 33 in September 28, 2001 against Matt Serra, most recently defeated John Gunderson via decision in September.
More fights to be announced shortly.
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