Melvin Guillard (top) file photo: Dave Mandel |
Two bouts for a yet-to-be announced UFC event in January are being
put together. Both a lightweight clash between Melvin
Guillard and Yves Edwards
and a welterweight bout between Charlie
Brenneman and Amilcar
Alves are being targeted for what may turn out to be a UFC
“Fight for the Troops” event on Jan. 22.
Thursday evening, Guillard announced via his Twitter account that
the fight would take place at Fort Hood. The news was first
reported by MMAjunkie.com Thursday, and both bouts were today
confirmed by Sherdog. Though the participants have been given the
green light, the event's location, and whether it will be a “Fight
for the Troops” event is still under speculation.
Guillard, who recently started training with Greg Jackson in New
Mexico, is fresh off a split decision victory over hard-hitting
Stephens at UFC 119 in September. A contestant on “The Ultimate
Fighter 2,” Guillard made his official promotional debut at the
season finale in 2005, cutting Marcus Davis
and earning a second-round TKO. Since that time, “The Young
Assassin” has had a successful career inside the Octagon, notching
victories over Gabe
Ruediger, Dennis Siver
Tibau, respectively. He's won six of his last seven fights,
including three straight victories in 2010. Guillard tested
positive for cocaine following a loss to former title challenger
Stevenson at UFC Fight Night in 2007.
Long considered to be among the most talented fighters in the
lightweight division, Edwards has a UFC career that dates all the
way back to 2001, when he was defeated by Matt Serra via
majority decision at UFC 33. Edwards has fought a who's-who of the
sport, notching wins over the likes of Hermes
Franca [twice] and former Strikeforce lightweight champion
Thomson. The native Bahamian has 56 career fights to his credit
and holds more than three-fourths of his victories by either
knockout or submission. The American Top Team product has won five
of his last six contests, most recently earning a unanimous
decision victory over John
Gunderson at UFC Fight Night in September.
Brenneman trains alongside brothers Dan and Jim Miller at
AMA Fight Club in New Jersey. “The Spaniard” is 1-1 in UFC
competition, and is coming off a TKO loss to Johnny Hendricks at
UFC 117 in August. A former collegiate wrestler, Brenneman started
his career hot, winning his first five bouts before tasting defeat.
After his first loss, he ran off six more victories before
succumbing to Hendricks.
A black belt in both Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo, Alves trains at
team Nova Uniao with WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. The
winner of eight straight bouts in Brazil, Alves made his American
and promotional debut at UFC 118 in August, falling to a Mike Pierce
armbar in the third round.