Mitrione is making heavyweight waves (MMAJunkie.com photo)
The top three headliners made quick work of their opponents on Saturday night at UFC Fight for the Troops 2 at Fort Hood, outside of Killeen, Tex.
Melvin Guillard, Matt Mitrione and Mark Hominick all finished their fights in less than three minutes in a card that otherwise consisted of almost entirely of decisions.
Guillard won knockout of the night and the $30,000 bonus that goes with it. Yves Edwards took home an extra $60,000. Edwards won submission of the night for his technical submission of Cody McKenzie, who passed out from a rear naked choke at 4:33 of the second round of the fight of the night. McKenzie won $30,000 for his part of the thrilling contest, which aired via Facebook in a ground-breaking move by the UFC.
After the live stream from Facebook from 7-9 p.m. ET, the webcast became a broadcast on Spike.
The Spike show finished when Guillard overwhelmed Evan Dunham for a first-round TKO. Guillard (27-8-2, 1 NC) landed a stiff combination that floored Dunham, who was able to get up but only to get blasted by a knee that finished matters at 2:58 of the opening round.
“That (combination) should be named after me,” Guillard said before calling out to his teammate at Greg Jackson’s MMA. “Should it be, Brian Stann? It’s a secret.”
Guillard has won five in a row and seven of his last eight fights. He is 6-1 during his second stint in the UFC.
“I want my title shot,” Guillard said. “I’m the dark horse of this game at (1)55 (pounds). No disrespect, but I am the best in this weight class. You keep lining them up, I’ll keep knocking them down. I’ll go undefeated in 2011 and hopefully get a title shot, and no later than 2012.”
Dunham (11-2) suddenly has a two-fight losing streak after opening his career with 11 wins. His previous defeat, to Sean Sherk at UFC 119 in September, was a highly controversial split decision that many thought he won.
Mitrione, a former NFL defensive lineman, wiped out Tim Hague in a heavyweight match.
Mitrione (4-0) did not win the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter, but he is turning out to be one of the success stories from that campaign, showing vast improvement with each bout and extending his undefeated professional record. He knocked down Hague (12-5) in the early going with a big left, and did the same with the same first later in the first round, hitting Hague on the chin with a straight punch.
Hague went down and covered up from Mitrione’s ground strikes, which quickly brought an end to the match, a second short of three minutes in.
“I wanted to be like a 260-pound Dominick Cruz,” Mitrione said of the UFC bantamweight (135-pound) champion, who is known for his amazing footwork and elusiveness. “I think Tim’s a good fighter, but I want to get tested. I’m in here to get the gold.”
With the impressive win, Mitrione could see the class significantly raised when he faces his next opponent. He might have to wait a little longer than he might desire, if it turns out Mitrione is correct in his post-fight prediction that he broke his left hand.
Hague returned to the UFC after a 1-3 stint, having earned successive wins over Mitrione’s TUF 10 castmate, Zak Jensen, and veteran Travis Wiuff.
Hominick will get his shot at the UFC featherweight title after making quick work of former training partner George Roop.
Hominick (20-8) landed an early combination, then a big left that floored Roop (11-7-1). He hit the downed Roop once, and then the fight was waved off at 1:28. Roop protested, but still was wobbled even moments later when he got up and walked across the Octagon toward Hominick, who actually caught his opponent and did not let him fall.
“I’m thrilled,” Hominick, a Canadian, said. “If you’re next in line for a title shot, you need to prove it. I believe my standup is far superior to everybody, but you have to show it in the cage.”
Hominick said he would have complained the same way Roop did, protesting against an early stoppage.
“No disrespect,” Hominick said of Roop. “He’s a fighter, he’s got a fighter’s heart.”
Hominick acknowledged his pregnant wife, who was at home and did not travel to the event.
“I don’t know how you guys in the corwd go overseas for a year or years into your tours,” he said. “It’s so hard to be away from home.”
Then he turned his focus to Aldo.
“You have to make statements with your performance,” said Hominick. “Jose’s next. I think he’s best pound for pound.”
Roop returned to the UFC for the first time since losing to George Sotiropoulos in August 2009 at UFC 101. That fight was at lightweight.
Pat Barry kicked his way to a hard-fought victory over Joey Beltran in the heavyweight division.
Barry (6-2), a top-level kickboxer, used his powerful kicks to render Beltran’s lead leg, his left, nearly useless. Beltran (12-5) refused to stop moving forward and kept the fight competitive and exciting. But an accidental poke to Beltran’s left eye gave Barry a huge advantage in the final 90 seconds, and Beltran did well to make it to the final bell, collapsing at the horn.
Barry unanimously won the decision, scoring 29-28 in the minds of two judges and 30-27 with the other.
Emotional after the fight, Barry showed the dog tags of his late father, David J. Barry.
“(My father) passed away 25 years ago,” the choked-up Barry said, holding the tags. “This is the greatest country in the world. I don’t know what your everyday lives are like. But it’s an honor to give you a few hours away from your everyday lives, just to relax and sit back. I salaute you.
“Joey Beltran, that dude is a zombie. I kicked him in his face 300 times, and I beat his leg to death. He just kept coming.”
Beltran lost his second straight fight after winning his first two in the UFC.
Matt Wiman outpaced Cole Miller in a lightweight match.
Wiman (13-5) never let Miller (17-5) get on track, pushing the pace with a relentless offense that included heavy doses of ground and pound. Wiman won 30-27 on two judges’ cards and 29-28 on the other.
“I was going through a lot of nerves before this fight,” said Wiman, who has won three straight. “It was probably the most nervous I have ever been.”
Wiman did not look nervous in the cage, as he pressed the action and never let Miller’s stellar submissions game become a factor. He continually had Miller down on his back, and nullified any potential offense by keeping him defending a near constant rain of punches.
Miller had won two straight, but fell to 4-3 in his last seven fights.
Elsewhere, DaMarques Johnson finished Mike Guymon with a body triangle submission 3:22 into their welterweight match, halting a run of four straight unanimous decisions to open the card.
In those decisions, Rani Yahya upset former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown, Waylon Lowe beat Willamy Freire, Charlie Brenneman dominated Amilcar Alves, and Chris Cariaso defeated Will Campuzano.