Outside of the main events of UFC Fight for the Troops 2, the most important match on the card is in the featherweight division. Mark “The Machine” Hominick will battle George Roop and should Hominick prevail, he will get a title shot at UFC 129 against Jose Aldo.
Hominick vs. Roop
Hominick holds a record of 19 – 8 (2 – 0 UFC, 3 – 2 WEC) in his professional career. The 28 year old Kickboxing and Muay Thai specialist is currently training with Xtreme Couture. He is 4 -1 over his last 5 fights with a split decision victory over Leonard Garcia, TKO victory over Yves Jabouin, triangle armbar submission over Bryan Caraway & an armbar victory over Savant Young. His last loss was to former #1 Featherweight contender Josh Grispi via rear naked choke in February 2008.
Roop is the owner of an 11 – 6 – 1 (1 – 2 UFC, 1 – 1 – 1 WEC) professional record. Roop is 2 – 2 – 1 over his last 5 fights and has won a Knockout of the Night & Fight of the Night award over that span. The 29 year old Muay Thai specialist most recently defeated Chan Sung Jung via Knockout with a head kick. He fought Garcia to a draw in March 2010, lost to Eddie Wineland by unanimous decision beat Matt Dell by unanimous decision and lost to George Sotiropoulos via kimura.
It’ll be interesting to see how effective both men’s Muay Thai will be against another specialist. What may set Hominick apart is his kickboxing. Should Roop lose, his UFC career may go with it.
Pat Barry vs. Joey Beltran
This heavyweight showdown features Barry, who holds a 5 – 2 career record, challenging Joey Beltran, who has a 12 – 4 professional record. This will be Barry’s fifth fight inside the Octagon, having previously defeated Antoni Hardonk & Dan Evensen, both by TKO, and losses to Cro Cop & Tim Hague, both via submissions. This kickboxer has had his share of problems in his MMA career handling submissions, which could be the opening Beltran needs.
Beltran holds a 2 – 1 record inside the Octagon, with victories over Hague & Rolles Gracie via unanimous decision & TKO, with the defeat coming at the hands of Matt Mitrione in the Fight of the Night at UFC 119. He possesses a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and specializes in wrestling & boxing.
What could set Beltran apart from Barry in this fight is his experience in the sport and his BJJ. While he has only finished 1 fight via submission in his career, he might be able to use his blue belt to catch Barry.
Cole Miller vs. Matt Wiman
Win or lose for Miller, his next fight in the Octagon may have been decided when fan favorite Donald Cerrone called him out following his WEC 53 victory over Chris Horodecki. Miller has a lot of experience inside the Octagon, holding a 6 – 2 mark in the UFC, 17 – 4 overall. Over his last 5 fights, he’s 4 – 1 with victories over Ross Pearson, Dan Lauzon, Junie Browning & Jorge Gurgel, all by submission. The lone loss came at the hands of Efrain Escudero who knocked him out at UFC 103 in September 2009. The brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu owns three Submission of the Night awards and a Knockout of the Night.
Wiman has had 1 more fight in the UFC than Miller, owning a 6 – 3 UFC record, 12 – 5 overall. He is 3 – 2 over his last 5, with victories over Mac Danzig, Shane Nelson & Thiago Tavares with 2 unanimous decision losses to Sam Stout & Jim Miller. In his time in the UFC, Wiman has won 3 Fight of the Night awards.
This bout is going to be entertaining. It’ll be interesting to see how Wiman deals with Miller’s submissions. Miller has a 3 inch height advantage and long legs that could catch the wrestler in a triangle, if Wiman takes him down.
UFC Fight for the Troops 2 comes to you live on Spike TV, from Fort Hood, in Killeen, Texas, at 9 p.m., January 22, 2011.
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