News of a UFC event on January 22nd, featuring a lightweight bout between Melvin Guillard and Yves Edwards, started unfolding yesterday, although it was unclear where the event would be held or whether it would be designated as a UFC Fight Night or a UFC: Live on Versus event. Now, it appears that the promotion is planning a second installment of UFC: Fight for the Troops, with the card to be held at Fort Hood, outside of Killeen, Texas. As a Texas native, Edwards will most likely have the crowd behind him. Guillard revealed the news on his Twitter account:
Ok world an[d] @Young__assassin fans the next fight is set for JAN 22,2011. FORT HOOD ,FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS.
The first UFC: Fight for the Troops event took place on December 10, 2008 at the Crown Colisseum in Fayetteville, NC with a live audience of troops from nearby Fort Bragg. The event featured a telephone fund-raising drive, which raised nearly $4 million for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, supporting the families of deceased and wounded veterans. It's not yet clear whether the upcoming January card will benefit the same charity, although some sort of fund-raising effort for the troops is likely.
Once again, the live audience will probably be restricted to military personnel, although this has not yet been confirmed. The last UFC event to take place on a military base was UFC Fight Night 7, which occurred at MCAS Miramar in San Diego.
Keep it tuned to Bloody Elbow for more information on UFC: Fight for the Troops 2 as details surrounding the card develop.