By Zach Arnold | January 22, 2011
- Bantamweights: Chris Cariaso defeated Will Campuzano by unanimous decision after 3R.
- Welterweights: Charlie Brenneman defeated Amilcar Alves by unanimous decision after 3R.
- Lightweights: Waylon Lowe defeated Willamy Freire by unanimous decision after 3R.
- Featherweights: Rani Yahya defeated Mike Brown by unanimous decision after 3R.
- Welterweights: Damarques Johnson defeated Mike Guymon in R1 in 3′22 with a body triangle submission lock.
- Lightweights: Yves Edwards defeated Cody McKenzie in R2 in 4′33 with a choke sleeper hold.
- Lightweights: Matt Wiman defeated Cole Miller by unanimous decision after 3R.
- Heavyweights: Pat Barry defeated Joey Beltran by unanimous decision after 3R.
- Featherweights: Mark Hominick defeated George Roop in R1 in 1′28 by TKO (referee stoppage after punches).
- Heavyweights: Matt Mitrione defeated Tim Hague in R1 by TKO via punches.
- Lightweights: Melvin Guillard defeated Evan Dunham in R1 by TKO with knee strikes.
They raised money for the Intreprid Fallen Heroes Fund on tonight’s show and I thought the company did a fantastic job overall with the production and presentation.
Melvin Guillard is starting to put together all of his tools now (thanks to Greg Jackson) and did he blast Evan Dunham in the main or what. Thought it was interesting how going into the fight the promotion pushed the fact that despite losing to Sean Sherk on the score cards last September in Indianapolis that he was still undefeated in the minds of many, which he was. Which made Melvin’s dismantling of him all the more eye-catching. What power. He called out for a title shot after the fight, but I think his goal of staying undefeated in 2011 is something he should focus on more. The title shot will come if he keeps winning.
I thought the crowd reactions tonight were kind of strange. They didn’t boo Mark Hominick (who’s from Ontario) but they made sure to chant “USA!” at Tim Hague who’s from Edmonton. To display the relevance and reach of The Ultimate Fighter still in 2011, Cody McKenzie got by far the loudest cheers of anyone on the show. (At least it seemed that way to me.)
Speaking of Mr. Hominick, what an interesting set of circumstances coming out of his fight with George Roop. He was technically crisp and clean and got the job done in a hurry. And yet, rightfully so by the way, Joe Rogan really gave debuting UFC referee Don Turnage a hard time for not holding up George Roop after the stoppage. Nice save there by Shawn Tompkins. Somewhere, Keith Kizer was thankful that the show didn’t place in Las Vegas tonight. What was interesting about the fight is that the promotion did talk about the winner getting a title shot against Jose Aldo, but curiously the promotion did not push Hominick hard on TV. Let me rephrase that — they didn’t push the fact that his win meant that he would face Aldo in April on his home turf in Toronto on a really, really big show. I’m surprised by that. They have plenty of time to build up Hominick/Aldo in the near future, but interesting that they missed the chance for the hard sell here (something they usually don’t do). I still think Aldo will be a favorite going into that April fight, but Mark’s turning it on big now at the right time. I hope they show his fight with Yves Jabouin over and over on television leading up to the April show. I loved that fight.
The Pat Barry/Joey Beltran fight was kind of weird. I was expecting Barry to take him out much faster, but he was more cautious and actually got tangled up a lot. Mr. Beltran took a hell of a beating in there by the time the fight was done and he rightfully deserves some respect for being able to go the distance. Pat Barry introduces Joey Beltran to K-1 level striking.