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Ground Game Continues To Trouble Guillard At UFC On FX 1

Consistency has always been an issue for Melvin Guillard and Friday night’s UFC on FX 1 was no different.

After an impressive display of striking early on, Guillard found himself in an all too familiar position– giving up his back to Jim Miller midway through the first round.

The loss is Guillard’s second in a row, bringing the Young Assassin’s record to 29-10-2 with nine of those losses coming from submission. His plans of rebounding from a defeat to Joe Lauzon in UFC 136 did not come to fruition as he dropped another by way of rear-naked choke in the Nashville main event.

“I did everything right. A lot people criticize my ground game,” said Guillard in the post-fight press conference. “I’m not going to sit here and think that I have the best ground game because obviously I don’t. I’ve lost fights on submissions.”

No one is ever going to question Guillard’s stand up ability. The New Orleans native is considered one of the most explosive strikers in the lightweight division with an arsenal of flying knees, swift kicks and heavy punches. But the UFC veteran has continually struggled with fighters who pose a threat on the ground.

Despite facing a similar fate this weekend, Guillard is more at ease with his performance than he was against Lauzon.

“To lose to a guy like Jim, I wasn’t emotional about this loss like I was for the Lauzon fight because I really feel in my heart the Lauzon fight was a fluke,” commented Guillard. “I had Jim hurt, and my thing was I wanted to be patient. I just backed off when I probably could have swung. It could have been a different result.”