UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard (31-12-2) was in a “must win” situation this past Saturday night at UFC on FOX 8 where he attempted to avoid a three-fight losing streak and fifth stumble in six scraps. Rather than fold under the pressure, the eight-year Octagon veteran rose to the occasion and flattened opponent Mac Danzig in the second frame of the fight. It was a huge moment in the 30-year old’s career and could be an indicator of things to come based on Guillard’s recent change of camps from the Blackzilians to Grudge MMA.
Guillard spoke about the victory with Fuel TV, revealing he had more on his mind than his future in the UFC going into the bout.
“I was in Denver for four months, I sacrificed a lot,” said Guillard after crediting his new team with helping get him back on point. I lost my grandmother last week, (and my) little sister is about to have brain surgery that’s very critical. I had a lot going on in my mind, but I wanted to win this one for me. “
“Nobody is going to take my job from me in the UFC. When I’m backed in to a corner, I’m going to do my best,” he concluded.
The finish of Danzig marked Guillard’s twentieth via TKO. He is expected to score a spot on the October 19 lineup for UFC 166, being held in his adopted hometown of Houston.