Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard will be returning to the cage tomorrow night for the first time since dropping a surprising, win streak shattering loss to Joe Lauzon this past October, taking on fellow former top contender Jim Miller – himself coming off of a somewhat unexpected loss against Ben Henderson in November.
Guillard and Miller will meet in the main event of UFC on FX 1, with Guillard looking to prove that he’s still a top-tier 155’er by defeating another man whom he believes still ranks amongst the division’s elite in Jim Miller.
“I am looking at making a statement on FX against another top guy in the division. He’s one of the best fighters in the world at this weight and it is a great main event,” he said.
Riding an impressive five-fight winning streak before meeting Lauzon, the oft-inconsistent Guillard seemed to have finally hit his stride in the Octagon. Against J-Lau however, Guillard was a bit too excited and not quite focused enough, leaving room for his opponent to secure a quick first round victory by submission.
Having recently relocated to a new camp, The Young Assassin assures that, while he’ll still be acting on his potent finishing instincts, he will be patient enough not to jump the gun as he did against Lauzon.
“What happened (to me) last time (first round loss against Joe Lauzon) was a mistake. I rushed in so hard and fast I was stunned with a jab and from there I lost the fight. It was kinda dumb, but I am young enough to learn as long as realize the mistake. I made the mistake, it didn’t just happen, I know that but I also know I’m still one of the best fighters in the division,” Guillard said. “But I am ready for this fight with Miller. He’s a top guy, maybe the number three or number four in the division, and if I perform like I can do, I think it will be hard for people to say that I didn’t deserve a UFC title shot. I won’t be reckless, but you will see what I can do on FX Friday night. You will see the Young Assassin!”
Guillard and Miller will meet tomorrow night in the main event of UFC on FX 1, which goes down at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. FightLine will be back tomorrow with live, ongoing coverage of the event.