“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 finalist DaMarques Johnson (Pictured) will meet former King of the Cage champion Michael Guymon in a preliminary welterweight matchup at UFC “Fight for the Troops 2” on Jan. 22 at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Eleven fights are now official for the event, which will air live on Spike TV.
A Jeremy Horn protégé, Johnson has won two of his last three fights. The 28-year-old West Jordan, Utah, native last appeared in August, when he succumbed to second-round strikes from “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7 alum Matt Riddle at UFC Live 2. Johnson -- who has delivered 10 of his 11 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission -- owns notable victories over Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Brad Blackburn and WEC veteran Edgar Garcia. Only one of his past 12 fights has reached the judges.
Guymon, who has never lost back-to-back bouts as a professional, submitted to an anaconda choke from Daniel Roberts at UFC 121 in October. Wins against “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 alum Kyacey Uscola, welterweight prospect Quinn Mulhern and Japanese judoka Yoshiyuki Yoshida anchor the 36-year-old Newport Beach, Calif., native’s resume. Guymon holds a 1-2 mark inside the UFC’s Octagon.
Meanwhile, AMA Fight Club standout Charlie Brenneman will lock horns with Amilcar Alves in a welterweight dark match at UFC “Fight for the Troops 2.”
Brenneman, 29, last fought at UFC 117 in August, when he was victimized in a second-round TKO against the unbeaten Johny Hendricks at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. The defeat snapped his seven-fight winning streak. A decorated collegiate wrestler, Brenneman attended Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, where he nearly achieved All-American status and punctuated his career in 2004 with a top 12 finish nationally. The Hollidaysburg, Pa., native defeated 2009 Dream welterweight grand prix finalist Jason High in his first UFC appearance in March.
Spawned by the revered Nova Uniao camp, Alves made his promotional debut at UFC 118 in August, when he submitted to a straight armbar from Mike Pierce at the TD Garden in Boston. The 30-year-old Brazilian entered the match on an eight-fight winning streak. Alves holds black belts in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Finally, Milwaukee-based Duke Roufus protégé Patrick Barry will collide with Joey Beltran in a featured heavyweight duel.
Barry has not appeared since UFC 115 in June, when he submitted to a third-round rear-naked choke from 2006 Pride Fighting Championships open weight grand prix winner Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at the GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. A potent stand-up fighter, the 31-year-old New Orleans native has secured all five of his victories by KO or TKO, four of them inside one round. In seven professional outings, Barry has never gone the distance.
A cutthroat competitor, Beltran last competed at UFC 119 in September, when he dropped a unanimous decision to “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 alum Matt Mitrione at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The 28-year-old San Diego native has delivered 10 of his 12 career wins by KO or TKO and owns notable victories over Houston Alexander, Rolles Gracie and Tim Hague. Having competed as both a light heavyweight and heavyweight, Beltran has never lost consecutive fights as a professional.
A pivotal lightweight showdown between two-time title contender Kenny Florian and the once-beaten Evan Dunham will headline “Fight for the Troops 2.” The event will also feature a featherweight matchup pitting Canadian striker Mark Hominick against “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 semi-finalist George Roop.
UFC “Fight for the Troops 2”
Saturday, Jan. 22
Kenny Florian vs. Evan Dunham
Matt Mitrione vs. Tim Hague
Mark Hominick vs. George Roop
Patrick Barry vs. Joey Beltran
Cole Miller vs. Matt Wiman
Yves Edwards vs. Melvin Guillard
Mike Swick vs. David Mitchell
DaMarques Johnson vs. Michael Guymon
Chan Sung Jung vs. Rani Yahya
Waylon Lowe vs. Willamy “Chiquerim” Freire
Amilcar Alves vs. Charlie Brenneman