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Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon added to rapidly growing UFC 136 lineup

The UFC 136 card continues to fill out with explosive fights and another bout has been added today in the form of  a lightweight showdown between heavy-handed striker Melvin Guillard and aggressive grappler Joe Lauzon.

Both men confirmed the fight through their Twitter accounts.

Winner of five straight fights, “The Young Assassin” has looked in prime form under the guidance of Greg Jackson. Guillard followed an impressive finish of Evan Dunham in January up with another jaw-dropping knockout over the very tough Shane Roller a few weeks ago at UFC 132. With seven wins in his last eight UFC fights, Guillard has quickly worked his way up the lightweight ladder and could be a win or two away from a potential title shot in 2012.

First he’ll have to get through “J-Lau” though, who will look to earn his eighth UFC victory. Lauzon is coming off a submission victory over Kurt Warburton at UFC on Versus 4. The submission earned him “Submission of the Night” honors, his seven “of the Night” honor in ten fights. Lauzon has traded wins and losses in his last four fights though and is looking to win two straight fights for the first time since February 2009.

UFC 136 is scheduled for October 8 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The night will be headlined by a UFC lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar and top contender Gray Maynard.

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