Since revamping his life and career under the tutelage of Greg Jackson, Melvin Guillard has gone on a tear in the lightweight division which has established him as legitimate contender at 155lbs.
“The Young Assassin” has put together a five-fight winning streak, including recent victories over Jeremy Stephens, Evan Dunham and, most recently, Shane Roller. Against Roller, Guillard won via first round knockout and seemingly escaped the bout injury-free. After that fight, Guillard pleaded with UFC President Dana White to fight at UFC 136 from Houston, TX, and recently went a step further by calling out Joe Lauzon.
“I don’t want to try to throw a name out there, but I was thinking maybe I could ask them to fight Joe Lauzon,” Guillard recently told MMAWeekly.com. “Right now technically nobody else is available, he already fought and walked away with a submission of the night victory, he didn’t take any damage in his last fight so maybe he’ll want to take the fight.”
Guillard got his wish on both fronts, as the UFC announced today a lightweight clash between Guillard and Lauzon at UFC 136 in October.
Since returning after a 10 month layoff after undergoing knee surgery to repair his ACL, Lauzon has gone 2-2 in the UFC, losing to Sam Stout and George Sotiropoulos while picking up wins over Gabe Ruediger and Curt Warburton. His most recent victory over Warburton via first round submission at UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry in June garnered him “Submission of the Night.”
“One way or another, someone is getting hurt,” Lauzon wrote on his website. “I’m sure he will be looking for the knockout bonus, and I will be looking for the submission bonus. This fight is guaranteed excitement.”
UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III will take place on October 8, 2011, from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.