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Melvin Guillard Replaces Kenny Florian for UFC Fight Night 23

Written on December 10, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Kenny Florian is out on UFC Fight Night 23. After a knee injury, he was forced to let go of the fight. Melvin Guillard will replace the latter promoting him from preliminary card to main fight. Melvin Guillard will now face his fellow lightweight Evan Dunham on the Spike TV-televised headliner.

As expected by many, has already replaced injured on January 2011’s “ : Fight for the Troops 2″ event. Guillard (25-8 , 8-4 ) will now meet fellow lightweight (11-1 MMA, 4-1 ) in a Spike TV-televised headliner.

Officials from the organization confirmed it during today’s new episode of “UFC Ultimate Insider” on UFC.com.

Florian’s unfortunate destiny was due to a knee injury, and Guillar is very fortunate to be promoted him from a preliminary-card fight with Yves Edwards to a main-event slot. As we first reported, Edwards (38-16-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) now is expected to fight “The Ultimate Fighter 12″ cast member and guillotine-choke specialist Cody McKenzie (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC).

: UFC Fight for the Troops 2″ will take place on Jan. 22 at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, as a fund raiser for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

Guillard holds a three-fight win streak with decision wins over Ronnys Torres and Jeremy Stephens plus a TKO victory over Waylon Lowe. As a matter of fact, the Greg Jackson-trained fighter’s only loss in his past seven fights came to Nate Diaz via submission back at UFC Fight Night 13. A victory over Dunham could put him in legitimate lightweight title contention.

Dunham had faced former lightweight champ Sean Sherk last September and had the first loss of his career via close split decision. After having a huge gash near his right eye in the opening round of the UFC 119 fight, Dunham fought back with an impressive blend of striking from distance and a capable take-down attack. But his efforts wasn’t enough. Before the loss, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt holder posted UFC wins over Per Eklund, Marcus Aurelio, Efrain Escudero and Tyson Griffin to climb into title contention.

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