by Adam Martin
Melvin Guillard has been in the UFC since 2005, but “The Young Assassin” is perhaps one loss away from being cut.
The 30-year-old lightweight, who has a 30-12-2, 1 NC pro record, takes on former “The Ultimate Fighter” winner Mac Danzig on the preliminary card of next weekend’s UFC on FOX 8 event. With four losses in his last five fights, Guillard is on slippery footing with the UFC and with Danzig also on a losing skid, it’s very likely the loser of this fight will get released from the UFC despite the fact both men have been staples of the UFC lightweight division for years.
Guillard first appeared on “The Ultimate Fighter” season two back in 2005 and he’s since fought 19 times in the Octagon, racking up a mediocre 11-8 record. Although known for his exciting style, the UFC is looking to cut fighters from the roster and fighters barely above .500 like Guillard are at the highest risk of being released.
It sucks in a way because Guillard, for better or worse, is a fun fighter to watch due to his knocked-or-be-knocked out style, a style that has seen him capture two “Knockout of the Night” and one “Fight of the Night” awards.
But at the end of the day, the sport is all about wins and losses and Guillard has been doing a whole lot of losing as of late.
When Guillard first appeared on TUF, I knew that he had the athleticism, wrestling and knockout power to have a long career in the UFC. But after eight years in the UFC, I think it’s fare to say that Guillard has exceeded expectations and that he’s also peaked as a fighter. I mean, even though he was always a knockout artist (and still is), his submission defence never improved over the years and his reckless style finally started to catch up to him as he’s been rocked in wobbled in a number of his most recent fights. While he can beat the guys at the lower end of the division, the contenders will continue to eat him alive and even though he’s only 30 I don’t ever see him competing for the title anytime soon. And that’s why he’s at risk of being cut.
Guillard knows he’s in a must-win situation next weekend against Danzig at UFC on FOX 8. Now, let’s see how he handles the pressure.
What are your thoughts?