When it was announced earlier this week Melvin Guillard would be stepping in for the injured Ken Florian against Evan Dunham at Fight Night 23 – also a “Fight for the Troops” event – scheduled for Fort Hood in Texas the question as to who Guillard’s original opponent, Yves Edwards, would face. It appears an answer is now at hand for fans, and needless to say if the well-rounded journeyman was training for a stand-up war against hard-hitting Guillard on January 22 it’s likely he’s now changed his focus to defending the Guillotine Choke.
According to a report on MMAJunkie, TUF 12 stand-out Cody McKenzie will now serve as Edwards’ adversary at the event.
McKenzie’s unique personality and expertise at procuring Guillotine Chokes made him one of the season’s more-memorable contestants. The Alaskan is undefeated in twelve professional fights, ten of which have been won in the first round using the afore-mentioned method including his most recent victory at the Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale last weekend over Aaron Wilkinson.
The creator of “Thugjitsu” should prove to be a significant test for the impressively-groomed lightweight based on experience and overall polish. Edwards has more than 5X McKenzie’s experience with an overall record of 39-16-1 and has finished thirty of his past opponents with a near-even split between TKOs and submissions. He has won five of his last six fights, including a recent appearance in the Octagon this past September.