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Melvin Guillard Fine With Gilbert Melendez Being The No. 1 Contender

Melvin Guillard is cut from a different breed. “The Young Assassin” has no problems with current Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez entering the UFC and getting an immediate title shot against either Frankie Edgar or Gray Maynard.

Edgar-Maynard takes place this Saturday night at UFC 136, while Guillard will be facing Joe Lauzon on the same pay-per-view card from Houston.

Recently, while a guest on The MMA Hour, Guillard talked about the rumors of Melendez coming over from Strikeforce to the UFC, which seems to be happening either immediately – according to UFC President Dana White – or after he defends his title against Jorge Masvidal in December – from the words of Melendez and Masvidal.

“I wouldn’t be upset. I look at it like this man, two champions from two different organizations,” Guillard said. “I think they both should fight to get rid of the No. 1 (contender). It (also) takes the heat off me, too. I rather get another fight.”

If Guillard is successful against Lauzon, he wants to face Ben Henderson if Henderson knocks off Clay Guida at UFC on FOX 1. Guillard won’t fight Guida, as the two are teammates with Greg Jackson.

“It all has to work itself out and see what happens. We can’t really say who’s next and who’s gonna get what. Right now, my main focus is on beating up Joe Lauzon Saurday, winning that fight, and I’ll move forward from there,” Guillard said. “I wouldn’t fight my teammate unless it’s for the title. Because at that point, it’s about us having our legacy.”

Guillard (29-8-2) has won his last five bouts, and is 8-1 since 2008. He has stopped three of his last four opponents via knockout or TKO. Lauzon (20-6) is 2-2 in his last four and owns 16 career submission victories. will have all your latest news leading up to UFC 136, and will have complete coverage of the entire fight card. Along with Guillard-Lauzon, UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar defends his title against Gray Maynard, and UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo meets Kenny Florian.