UFC Fight for the Troops 2 wasn’t just about the athletes in the cage. This event was about a cause that is bigger than the UFC. This annual event was created to benefit the brave soldiers of the US military who risk their lives on a daily basis for our freedoms. During the event, money is raised to help with the treatment of injured soldiers. Surely, this year will be another successful year for the benefit.
After all the dust has settled, a few fighters made steps to place their names higher up the lists of UFC various weight classes. With so many stars under their banner, here are a few choice fights that could provide intriguing matchups.
Melvin Guillard versus Sean Sherk
Melvin Guillard started his 2011 the same way his 2010 ended with another victory. This time he became the first person to stop Evan Dunham with a shocking first round TKO. With that win, he is only the second man to defeat the highly touted Dunham. That should create a matchup former champion Sean Sherk. Sherk also holds a victory over Dunham and provides the type of style that would create a nice matchup with Guillard. Both fighters have a strong wrestling base, but tend to keep their fights standing. Guillard needs another high profile win before being considered the contender he believes himself to be, and a matchup against Sherk would provide that opportunity.
Matt Mitrione versus Sean McCorkle
Matt Mitrione displayed a stand up game that is still improving during his young MMA career. With four wins under his belt, Mitrione is showing that he may be developing into a future heavyweight contender. During the post fight interview, he requested a tougher challenge for his next fight. Sean McCorkle could provide that challenge. “Big Sexy” feel short during this co main even slot at UFC 124 but has a style that would be a tough test for Mitrione. The question to answer would be how well would Mitrione defend against McCorkle’s takedowns and would McCorkle be able to withstand Mitrione’s improved striking.
Pat Barry versus Cheick Kongo
Mixed martial arts fans, hardcore and casual alike, enjoy matchups that place stand up fighters against one another. A contest between Pat Barry and Cheick Kongo would fit that mold perfectly. Barry used brutal leg kicks to hamper Joey Beltran during their fight. So much so that Beltran couldn’t stand once the final whistle was blown. Kongo has well been known for his striking abilities with nine of his wins coming by knockout. This matchup would place two high ranked heavyweights against each other and help discover a potential contender.
Matt Wiman versus Mac Danzig
The rematch still needs to happen. In June of 2010, Matt Wiman was wrongly awarded a submission victory over Mac Danzig when referee Yves Lavigne stopped the fight, although Danzig was conscious and defending against the choke. Both fighters were impressive in their next fights: Danzig stopped Joe Stevenson by knockout and Wiman dominated Cole Miller from start to finish. The rematch was originally scheduled but nixed due to injury. It’s time to set this controversial finish right.
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