UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller goes down tomorrow night from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, marking the promotion’s first bout to be broadcast on FX, as part of their deal with FOX Networks.
The event will feature in the main event a lightweight tilt between former top contenders Melvin Guillard and Jim Miller, both highly talented competitors looking to make big statements and get back in the hunt for title contention.
Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller
Both men stood within reach of a title shot, only to have the rug pulled out from under them at the most inopportune time. Hot on a five-fight win streak, Guillard was stalled after Joe Lauzon scored a surprising first round submission victory over him at UFC 136; Miller saw his seven-fight run ended at UFC on FOX 1, where he was shut out by current top contender Benson Henderson. This match provides each fighter the chance to remind everyone why they were very recently considered to be two of the lightweight division’s top dogs.
Dynamic, agile, powerful and with natural instincts to finish, Melvin Guillard has been given to unfortunate periods of inconsistency throughout his career where he’s done as much, if not more, to defeat himself than have his opponents. In his most recent loss, Guillard was defeated for charging in headlong against a savvy Joe Lauzon and leaving himself open to be caught with a punch and then finished by submission. When Guillard is on and focused, he’s capable of pulling off amazing feats in the cage and defeating most anyone in the world. When he isn’t, things tend to play out more like they did against Lauzon.
Jim Miller’s three career losses – unanimous decisions to current UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar, former number one contender Gray Maynard and current number one contender Benson Henderson – tell you a lot about the kind of fighter the New Jersey native is. Gritty to the core, with technical grappling and efficient ground and pound, Miller was running roughshod through the UFC lightweight division before running into Bendo. A hard-nosed competitor, Miller is still very capable of defeating the majority of the world’s 155lbs. fighters and he’ll be looking to prove it against Guillard.
Prediction: This is really a pick ’em fight for me, as I can realistically see it ending in different ways for both fighters. Though I expect Guillard’s trickiness and explosive athleticism to give Miller trouble, I think the slightly younger of the fighting Miller brothers will be able to wrangle him and force him to fight of submission attempts for the majority of the night. Jim Miller via unanimous decision