One step forward, two steps back. That has been the story of Melvin Guillard since his five-fight win streak ended in 2011 to Joe Lauzon.
After winning by knockout against Shane Roller in July 2011, every win achieved by Guillard has meant two losses. Following Roller, he lost to Lauzon and Jim Miller, both by submission. Then Guillard bounced back against Fabricio Camoes at UFC 148 with a decision victory. Then came Donald Cerrone and a resurgent Jamie Varner, whom Guillard lost to by knockout and split decision respectively.
Guillard looked back to his old self when he knocked out Mac Danzig in his last outing at UFC on Fox 8. Now the question is, can he string together two victories in a row?
At UFC Fight Night 30, Guillard will step into the Octagon against a man who loves throwing bombs as much as he does in Ross Pearson. Pearson will be riding a two-fight win streak heading into the fight. He knocked out both George Sotiropoulos and Ryan Couture in his last two fights.
Guillard needs to win this fight to show the organization he can compete in the UFC. Though he has 20 fights inside the octagon (12-8), Guillard has yet to have a signature win. He has fallen to each of the high-profile names the UFC has put before him (Nate Diaz, Lauzon, Miller, Cerrone and Joe Stevenson).
Pearson is not the signature win Guillard is looking for, but it is a fight he needs to win in order to get back on track in the UFC. Even if the UFC lightweight division is the deepest division in the organization, if Guillard can string together three or four wins, he may be able to get that big fight he so longs for.
Anthony Cloud is a MMA Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @TheAceCloud