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Two new fights were ratified for UFC "Fight for the Troops 2" on Tuesday, as Matt Wiman will face Cole Miller on the event’s main card while Brazilian Willamy "Chiquerim" Freire will make his UFC debut against Waylon Lowe in a preliminary match-up.
A winner in his last two fights, the 27-year-old Wiman defeated Mac Danzig in controversial fashion at UFC 115 in June. Wiman locked up a guillotine on “The Ultimate Fighter 6” winner, causing referee Yves Lavigne to stop the bout prematurely, erroneously thinking that Danzig had gone unconscious.
Miller, 26, has knocked off both Dan Lauzon and TUF 9 winner Ross Pearson in 2010. A winner of four of his last five contests, Miller's last defeat came at the hands of TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero at Fight Night 22 in September 2009.
Wiman was originally expected to face Miller at UFC 125 on New Year's Day, but that fight date was never confirmed. Speaking with sources close to the bout, Sherdog.com learned earlier this month that the bout would likely take place in January, though the specific event was then unknown.
The 23-year-old Freire is riding an 11-fight win streak. In his last bout in June, he won a split decision victory over Yusuke Endo, defending his Shooto 154-pound world title for the final time before vacating the belt due to signing with the Zuffa. He was scheduled to make his Octagon debut against Thiago Tavares at UFC Live 2 in August, but was forced out of the bout due to a knee injury.
Lowe is 1-1 since joining the UFC. After a knockout loss to Melvin Guillard in May, Lowe most earned a split decision over Steve Lopez at UFC 119 in September.
The two bouts bring the total number of official fights announced for the event to seven. The show will go down on Jan. 22 at Fort Hood outside Killeen, Texas, and will be the UFC’s second “Fight for the Troops” fundraiser. The organization's first “Troops” effort in December 2008 raised roughly $4 million for wounded military personnel and their families.
The event will be headlined by a lightweight tilt between former two-time title contender Kenny Florian and once-beaten prospect Evan Dunham. The card will also feature a heavyweight scrap between Matt Mitrione and Tim Hague, and a featherweight contest pitting Mark Hominick against George Roop.