UFC tries their best to give back, especially to the troops and UFC Fight for the Troops 2 is one of many ways they do that. I was really excited about this card when they announced it with Kenny Florian vs. Evan Dunham, and after a ton of injuries — the card has definitely morphed into something different. Things happen, and sometimes it happens for a reason. I’m excited about this card on Saturday and here are my picks.
1. Evan Dunham will shine with an impressive submission
On paper, everyone feels that Evan Dunham is just the superior fighter all around against Melvin Guillard. I too think Evan Dunham will pull this off, but not as convincingly as others. Guillard is an explosive fighter and, as of late, he’s been using his wrestling more and more in order to win the fight. Behind the gameplan of Greg Jackson, there still sits a dynamic fighter in Guillard and I think you’ll see that against Dunham. I just think Dunham has the striking and reach advantage, along with a sick ground game. He comes to fight and he’ll show the world why there’s so much hype around him in the Lightweight Division.
Prediction: Evan Dunham over Melvin Guillard via submission
2. Matt Mitrione just has too much athleticism
Matt Mitrione has shown a lot of promise with his last couple of fights, but he’s going against a fighter in Tim Hague who’s already beaten his teammate Pat Barry. Mitrione is more athletic, and has seemed to absorb the MMA game naturally. Too bad he didn’t do it earlier in life. Hague doesn’t seem to pose too many problems other than being a really tough guy, but if he’s able to take Mitrione down — it may be a different story. That said, I have Mitrione winning by TKO due to athleticism.
Prediction: Matt Mitrione over Tim Hague via TKO
3. Mark Hominick’s striking will clearly be on another level
Mark Hominick is a striker that keeps his hands high knows when to pick his shots accordingly. George Roop is going to try to take it to Hominick, but he will realize that this fight is on a totally different level than his last fight with the Korean Zombie. Hominick is fighting for a title shot, and you can be damn sure that he’s not going to let this one go.
Prediction: Mark Hominick over George Roop via decision
4. Pat Barry will throw a cringing amount of leg kicks
The problem here is that Joey Beltran is a striker and has somewhat limited wrestling skills, while Pat Barry is a top-level striker who’s competed in K-1 and other kickboxing competitions. If this ends up as a standup war, Barry will pick Beltran apart and it will not end well. Just think the Thiago Alves vs. John Howard, but on a whole different level.
Prediction: Pat Barry over Joey Beltran via TKO
5. Cole Miller will represent ATT proud again!
I’m a Cole Miller fan, and I think everyone knows it. He’s a mixed martial artist to the core. Nothing against Matt Wiman, but I feel Miller will be able to keep him at bay with his length on the feet — then eventually take it to the ground where he’ll be able to snap on a submission. I see the finish going down in the 2nd round.
Prediction: Cole Miller over Matt Wiman via submission
QUESTION: What are your predictions for UFC Fight for the Troops 2?