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Melvin Guillard steals show at UFC: Fight For The Troops 2

Guillard takes down Evan Dunham in the first round, while Matt Mitrione beats Tim Hague


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Melvin Guillard raises his arm in celebration after defeating Waylon Lowe in a lightweight bout at UFC 114 at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 29, 2010.

UFC: Fight For The Troops 2

KSNV coverage of UFC: Fight For The Troops 2 event, Jan. 22, 2010.

Melvin Guillard treated Fort Hood, Texas, military personnel to a first-rate UFC upset Saturday night.

Guillard (27-8-2) knocked out Evan Dunham (11-2) in the first round of their headlining fight at the UFC: Fight For The Troops 2 event Saturday night.

“I want my title shot,” Guillard told the UFC website after the fight. “Keep lining them up and I’ll keep knocking them down. I will go undefeated in 2011.”

Dunham entered as a heavy favorite in the lightweight bout and quickly landed the first strike with an early kick. It was all Guillard after that.

Guillard threw a flurry of punches and eventually landed a left knee to Dunham’s face. The knock took Dunham to the ground and Guillard continued attacking, forcing the referee to stop the fight at 2:58 in the first round.

It was Guillard’s fourth straight victory and Dunham’s second consecutive defeat. Guillard earned the Knockout of the Night award.

There were no other major surprises on the main card. In the co-main event between heavyweights, Matt Mitrione improved to 4-0 by knocking out Tim Hague in the first round.

Featherweight Mark Hominick earned a title shot by knocking out George Roop in the first round. Hominick will face Jose Aldo at UFC 129 in Toronto for the featherweight belt.

Heavyweight Pat Barry and lightweight Matt Wiman each scored unanimous decisions. Barry beat Joey Beltran, while Wiman stifled Cole Miller.

Below are the full undercard results.

Lightweight Bout: Yves Edwards defeated Cody McKenzie by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:33 in the second round. The bout took home Fight of the Night honors and Edwards won Submission of the Night.

Welterweight Bout: DaMarques Johnson defeated Mike Guymon via submission (body triangle).

Featherweight Bout: Rani Yahya defeated Mike Brown by unanimous decision. One judge scored it 30-27 while the other two had it 29-28.

Lightweight Bout: Waylon Lowe beat Willamy Freire by unanimous decision. All three judges scored it 29-28.

Welterweight Bout: Charlie Brenneman defeated Amilcar Alves via unanimous decision. Brenneman posted a shutout with all three judges scoring it 30-27.

Bantamweight Bout: Chris Cariaso beat Will Campuzano by unanimous decision. All three judges scored it 29-28.

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