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Ken Florian out, Melvin Guillard in against Evan Dunham at Fight Night 23

Ken Florian has withdrawn from the “Fight for the Troops” event scheduled for January 22 at Fort Hood in Texas after sustaining an injury to his knee while training on Monday. While it is not yet known if the damage will require surgery to repair, it will at least keep Five Ounces’ #8 lightweight out of action for the first few months of 2011.

Florian made the following statement on his website website in relation to the ordeal:

“It is with deep regret that I will not be able to compete in my scheduled fight against Evan Dunham on January 22nd, due to a knee injury I sustained during training this morning. Although I have not had an MRI as of yet; the doctors are cautiously optimistic that it will not require surgery.

I want to express my sincere apologies to the fans, the UFC and Evan for not being able to compete at (the event). Since early September, I have been training for this fight. Evan is a great fighter and has undoubtedly been working very hard towards this fight as well. Plus, it is a big disappointment that I will not be able to fight in the octagon for the brave soldiers that fight for us.

I am determined to return to the Octagon in the first half on 2011. Accordingly, I will keep you all updated.”

As mentioned, the 155-pound contender was scheduled to face 11-1 Dunham (5 Oz. #10 lightweight) at the event. However, though “Ken Flo” has been pulled from the show, the XTreme Couture standout will remain on the line-up and instead fight powerful striker Melvin Guillard.

News of the replacement was reported by HeavyMMA. Guillard was originally set to face Yves Edwards in a separate main card bout. “The Young Assassin” has won six of his previous seven fights including victories in his last three contests.

  • stone says:

    I sure hope Evan don’t let this guy “oCtAgOn-cOnTrOL” the win… IMO Evan should be able to finish this fight!

  • This is a huge step back from Kenflo…provided Melvin cant KO evan quickly, I see Melvin bein put on the floor and submitted in less than a round. Real shame…i was lookin forward to Kenflo vs. Dunham.

  • Rich S. says:

    Huge leap in competition for Melvin. And what makes it more interesting is he might actually have a chance at getting the knockout. I’d put my money on Dunham controlling him, but, if Guillard gets that knockout things are looking good for him… and I think that would be a first.

  • boomnutz says:

    this sucks! as much as i wouldn’t have wanted to see either Dunham or Florian lose, i’m disappointed, it should have been a great fight, and now we get to Guillard…this is like a trap game in football, like the Pats playing the bills, we should win easy, but you know it could be tough…Here’s hoping Dunham makes a statement because only a dominating win will help his cause

  • MCM says:

    Just read that Cody McKenzie is gonna replace Guillard against Yves Edwards. Glad he stepped up, but I don’t think he’ll get passed the veteran Edwards.

    This card is looking stacked, the only thing I can think that would make it more interesting is…………. if Heath Herring was on it!


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