Although the Octagon hosted another successful fundraiser on Saturday, “UFC Fight for the Troops 2” was very upsetting for most of the card’s favored fighters. When the Facebook/Spike TV collabo was all said and done, a total of six upset specials were served up in Fort Hood in Kileen, Texas.
While Evan Dunham wasn’t the largest favorite to fall (-225), his loss was the most significant. Although the up-and-comer owned a 11-1 record entering the shootout, UFC president Dana White considered him “undefeated” after getting robbed of an obvious decision win over Sean Sherk in his last outing.
If that’s the case, his resume is unquestionably blemished now after Melvin Guillard layeth the smacketh down.
Many believed Dunham would have shot right back up the lightweight totem pole with a resounding victory, despite the influx of the WEC’s 155-pounders. However, the Xtreme Couture-trained fighter technically has two straight strikes on his count, with number three marking the unlucky charm (Please see: Former UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida).
Rani Yahya received the most long shot lovin’ last night. Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown was nearly a 3.5-to-1 favorite to bounce back from his New Year’s Day loss to Diego Nunes, but found himself on the wrong end of a unanimous decision verdict.
Since stealing the crown from Urijah Faber at WEC 36 in June 2008, Brown has gone a disappointing 2-4 over his last six Octagon forays. He’s already 0-2 in the big leagues.
Of the 11 bouts on Saturday’s roster, the Gambling Gods provided inaccurate lines in six of them.
Here is the complete list of Grade-A investments from “UFC Fight for the Troops 2”:
Chris Cariaso (+105) Defeated Will Campuzano (-125)
Waylon Lowe (EVEN) Defeated Willamy Freire (-130)
Rani Yahya (+260) Defeated Mike Brown (–340)
DaMarques Johnson (+110) Defeated Mike Guymon (-140)
Matt Wiman (+140) Defeated Cole Miller (-170)
Melvin Guillard (+185) Defeated Evan Dunham (-225)