Guillard dominated early, but was ultimately choked out less than half way through the first round by Jim Miller. After winning five in a row it looked like Guillard, one of the most athletic fighters, was finally putting it all together.
Then came UFC 136, Guillard was riding high and it seemed if he won decisively he would earn his shot, but he came in too confident and was caught early by Joe Lauzon. After the defeat Guillard switched camps from Jackson’s MMA to train with the Blackzilians and walking into the cage last night seemed more focused than ever. He dominated early, conneccting with punches and knees and looked well on his way to victory, but made one mistake. The Young Assassin got flashy, taken down and ultimately submitted again and now we’re again stuck with the same question. What becomes of Melvin Guillard?
It’s obvious that he is a talented fighter. Guillard might be the most athletic fighter in the lightweight division and can end any fight any time, but he has a weakness against wrestlers. A flying knee caused him to get taken down and proved to be his demise. His best bet is to train more with Rashad Evans who is a former D-1 wrestler and scrap some of the flash from his game.
A fight with the loser of Pettis-Lauzon or with Gray Maynard could be next as it sets up a rematch with what he believes was a fluke win or a fight with talented wrestlers in Maynard or Pettis. Guillard is only 28 and there’s plenty of promise in the young fighter from Louisiana. Hopefully he can turn all that promise and get back on track to a title shot.