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Flying the flag

Wayne McCullough Posted 24th January 2011 view comments

The UFC put on another Fight for the Troops event at a military base in Fort Hood, Texas last night to benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The fund, which was established in 2000, provides support for the families of military personnel lost in service and severely wounded military personnel and veterans. The IFHF became a non-profit organization in 2003 as the activities of the fund increased. The money raised this year will go towards research and hopefully that will beat the $4 million raised last time around.

The main event was in the lightweight division between Evan Dunham and Melvin Guillard, who took Kenny Florian's place when he got injured. Dunham was coming off a split decision defeat to former champion Sean Sherk in a fight that a lot of people thought he won. This was his only defeat in the UFC having won his first four fights. Guillard had won his last three fights with his most recent loss to Nate Diaz by submission in September 2009.

Melvin Guillard celebrates his win

Melvin Guillard celebrates his win

Dunham, 29 , has won a lot of fights by submission and can also stand and trade. Guillard, 27, was probably as good as Dunham in standup but was arguably overmatched in every other discipline. Guillard was the more experienced fighter with 57 fights to Dunham's 12 and the winner of this fight would be in the mix for a shot at the belt.

The fight was over a lot quicker than expected with the winner being quite unexpected.

Guillard was the more experienced fighter with 57 fights to Dunham's 12 and the winner of this fight would be in the mix for a shot at the belt.

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Guillard and Dunham came out fast, both moving around looking for openings. Dunham, a southpaw, got a takedown early on but Guillard was straight back up to his feet. You could see the difference in the speed of both fighter's punches and kicks right away with Guillard being faster of the two.

A quick left and right to Dunham's head had him on the floor. He got up and grabbed Guillard's leg looking for safety but Guillard got close and connected hard with a left knee to Dunham's head that sent him down and hurt as the referee immediately stepped in and stopped the fight at only 2:58 of the first round giving Guillard a huge win, shooting him up the lightweight rankings.

Guillard said he wants a shot at the belt claiming he is the best lightweight fighter in the UFC. He may get that chance a lot sooner than expected after that amazing performance.

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