Edwards vs. McKenzie Official for UFC Fight Night 23
Edwards and McKenzie completed the official fight card for UFC Fight Night 23: Fight for the Troops 2. McKenzie was asked to replace Melvin Guillard. The latter is about to face a main-event fight with Evan Dunham.
The matchup was created when Edwards’ original opponent, Melvin Guillard, was pulled out in favor of a main-event slot against Evan Dunham. UFC Fight Night 23 takes place on Jan. 22 at Fort Hood in Killeen, Tex., and airs live on Spike TV.
Edwards, a self-proclaimed “Thugjitsu Master,” returned in September to UFC after more than four years of absence and bested John Gunderson at UFC Fight Night 22. He’s now won five of his past six overall fights, including wins in Bellator and Shine Fights.
McKenzie, is back after his first appearance following his stint on “The Ultimate Fighter 12,” where he made it to the quarterfinals of the reality-show tournament before being eliminated by Nam Phan. At the show’s live finale, McKenzie submitted castmate Aaron Wilkinson with his trademark guillotine choke, the “McKenzietine,” and claimed the evening’s “Submission of the Night.”
The full card for UFC Fight Night 23 now includes:
* Evan Dunham vs. Melvin Guillard
* Tim Hague vs. Matt Mitrione
* Mark Hominick vs. George Roop
* Pat Barry vs. Joey Beltran
* Cole Miller vs. Matt Wiman
* David Mitchell vs. Mike Swick
* Mike Guymon vs. DaMarques Johnson
* Chan Sung Jung vs. Rani Yahya
* Willamy “Chiquerim” Freire vs. Waylon Lowe
* Amilcar Alves vs. Charlie Brenneman
* Yves Edwards vs. Cody McKenzie