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Melvin Guillard: “I’m going to knock him out like I knocked the other guys out.”

Melvin Guillard has just one objective when he steps inside the Octagon – to defeat the man standing across from him before they’ve even exchanged a single strike.

Guillard will try to do just that against Joe Lauzon this Saturday night at UFC 136, live on PPV.

“The Young Assassin” has won five straight fights to improve to 29-8 in his career. He has stopped both Shane Roller and Evan Dunham by knockout this year, putting himself in position to become a top contender to the UFC title. Of those 29 wins, nineteen have come via some form of knockout/TKO.

“That’s my main goal – to break a guy’s will. I know physically, I’m always going to be the better athlete. It’s rare they are going to find a better athlete than me at 155, but I think working with Greg Jackson, the team, and the trainers I have – I’m stronger mentally,” said Guillard, in a recent interview with the UFC’s website. “That’s the biggest weapon I have because I break people mentally before the fight even happens. I feel like guys don’t want to stand in front of me and trade punches.”

In Lauzon (19-6), Guillard will be facing a man who’s best asset – his submission game – is Guillard’s worst. Lauzon has earned sixteen of his nineteen successful showings by tap-out including four “Submission of the Night” honors. Comparably, Guillard’s four career UFC losses have come by submission as have seven of his eight total defeats.

“I think he’s a tough opponent. I wouldn’t have asked for a fight that was an easy fight. He’s going to be very tough,” Guillard said. “I know he’s a good jiu-jitsu guy, but I haven’t been submitted in over two years and him just coming in here and getting a submission – that ain’t going to happen on my watch.”

Guillard’s name has been mentioned before in talks of becoming a contender to either Frankie Edgar or Gray Maynard, set to meet in the main event of UFC 136 to determine the UFC lightweight champ. Of course, that’s if Guillard takes care of the lanky Lauzon.

Then again, ask Guillard and the outcome is already set in stone.

“It’s not about if I beat Joe, it’s that I’m going to beat Joe,” Guillard said. “I’m going to knock him out like I knocked the other guys out. I’m blessed that Dana White is giving me the opportunity to be on that stage. I’m going to beat Joe Lauzon on October 8.”