The Ultimate Fighting Championship heads to Fort Hood, Texas this Saturday, Jan. 22 in support of the honorable men and women in the military with “UFC Fight For The Troops 2.”
In Canada, the special live event will air on Rogers Sportsnet at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT and raise funds for the Canadian Hero Fund, a charitable organization dedicated to supporting Canadian military personnel and their families.
The fight card is highlighted by a main event that pits lightweight Evan Dunham against knockout artist Melvin Guillard, while two Canadians will also see action. Edmonton’s Tim Hague will square off against former NFL defensive tackle Matt Mitrione, while Thamesford, Ontario native Mark Hominick is one win away from a chance at the UFC featherweight title. He meets George Roop.
Rogers Sportsnet will air special features throughout the broadcast in support of the Canadian Forces who served in Afghanistan, while viewers will also see Canadian UFC fighters speak to the importance of our men and women in the military and of the Canadian Hero Fund. The initial project of the Canadian Hero Fund is to provide post-secondary scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen Canadian soldiers.
“Our soldiers take care of us, and this is our chance to help take care of them,” said Tom Wright, UFC Director of Canadian Operations. “We’re honored to support our military by putting on some great fights while helping raise funds for the Canadian Hero Fund.”
“This is a great opportunity to bring together those who fight for their country, those who fight for a living, and the Hero Fund that supports those who serve,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Cliff Trollope, Commanding Officer of the Royal Regiment of Canada. “The bond is a natural one that will only get stronger as we spend more time together.”
In addition to catching the main card on Rogers Sportsnet at 9 p.m. ET, fans have the opportunity to watch two live preliminary fights for free at 8 p.m. ET by simply clicking the “Like” button on the official UFC Facebook page. By liking Facebook.com/UFC, fans will gain access to a live stream of the lightweight battle between Cody McKenzie of The Ultimate Fighter and veteran Yves Edwards, as well as a pivotal welterweight clash pitting TUF alum DaMarques Johnson against Mike “The Joker” Guymon.