Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard took home a win last night at UFC 119 in Indianapolis, but he isn’t very happy with the way he earned it. Now a member of the Greg Jackson camp, Guillard masterfully used in-and-out movement and solid reflexes to avoid most of his opponent Jeremy Stephens’ offense and to land quick strikes of his own. The fight was a far cry from Guillard’s usual barn burning performances but “The Young Assasin” still took home a win over a tough, well-respected lightweight fighter in Stephens. Guillard spoke about the win, being disappointed in his performance and looking for a title shot at the post-fight press conference.
“I had high expectations in the fight,” Guillard said. “I don’t think Jeremy brought it like I dished it out. He didn’t hit me a lot. He hit me three or four times. I have respect for the power he has, I didn’t want to get clipped. I want to win, my ultimate goal is to fight for the title in 2011. I’m happy with the win but not the performance.”
Guillard improves to 26-8-2 overall as a professional mixed martial artist and ups his UFC win streak to three fights in a row. Those wins have come over the likes of Ronnys Torres, Waylon Lowe and Stephens. Guillard has a few more fights in front of him before he can make a case for deserving a title shot, but if he remains very active from here on out the goal of earning a shot at the belt sometime in late 2011 may be an attainable one for “The Young Assassin.”