Rumor changed into fact, appropriately enough on Veteran’s Day, as the UFC officially announced they will venture to Fort Hood in Texas on January 22nd for the second “Fight for the Troops” show in promotional history. Money raised by the event will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
As expected, the card will be headlined by a clash between highly-ranked lightweights Ken Florian and Evan Dunham, as well as feature action from Mike Swick, Matt Mitrione, Melvin Guillard, and DaMarques Johnson (who previously served in the Army and the National Guard).
“It’s always a great honor for us to entertain the men and women of the military by bringing them some great fights while raising money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund,” UFC President Dana White said in a statement to media. “It’s the least we can do for the people who are defending this country and making so many sacrifices for our freedom, and this is a cause the UFC will always support.”
The event will be broadcast live on Spike starting at 9:00 PM EST.
Here are the official match-ups announced for “Fight for the Troops”:
Melvin Guillard vs. Yves Edwards
DaMarques Johnson vs. Mike Guymon
Mike Swick vs. David Mitchell
Matt Mitrione vs. Tim Hague
Ken Florian vs. Evan Dunham