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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.”

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6 COMMENTS
  • Dufresne says:

    I ran into Guillard at The Battle on the Bayou and I have to say he surprised me. I always had the impression of Guillard from back when he was in the TUF house and he was just a reckless, mouthy, jackass. But I think the move to Greg Jackson’s camp has really helped him develop in more places than just his MMA skills.

    And because of that this fight is a push for me. I’ve always been a fan of Lauzon due to his “fight anyone, anywhere” kind of attitude mixed with his everyman personality, but I can’t pull against Guillard after seeing his last few fights and how he handles himself these days.

    If this fight stays standing I think Guillard has this one easy. But if it hits the mat, I haven’t seen quite enough evolution in Guillard’s ground skill to convince me he can hold off Lauzon.

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  • “If this fight stays standing I think Guillard has this one easy. But if it hits the mat, I haven’t seen quite enough evolution in Guillard’s ground skill to convince me he can hold off Lauzon.”

    Agreed and Joe has some SLICK takedowns that arent just power doubles from the outside…he finds a way. If Melvin gets this win…and the winner of Frankie vs. Gray has to be shelved due to injury, I certainly think Guillard vs. the winner of Guida vs. Bendo OR Guillard as a welcome party for Gilbert Melendez would be the next logical steps for the guy. Melvin has made alot of improvements and has a nice little hot streak going, but i would really like to see him take out a “top” guy who’s got a good win streak going before placing him in a title fight.

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  • Rich S. says:

    This matchup saddens me.

    Mainly because I’ve been a fan of Lauzon’s for years, and Guillard is on a tear right now.

    JLau is really crafty with his submissions. Inventive, too. He’s not afraid to jump in with a flying heel hook, for instance. And I like his boxing. But, Guillard is strong, fast, unpredictable, and fighting better than he ever has in the Octagon.

    I have to pick Melvin in this one.

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  • Batman says:

    hmm lauzons going to be in a lot of trouble. Melvin wins via vicious ko round 1.

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  • MickeyC says:

    Melvin VIA nasty knockout! Probably in RD1.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    LW is jammed with talent at the top… it’s a good thing and a bad thing.

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