Melvin Guillard is a great striker. He ranks near the top when it comes to knockouts in the UFC lightweight division. On Saturday, he will look to end Michael Johnson‘s winning streak when the two lock horns in the co-main event.
Guillard is one of the most athletically gifted fighters in the lightweight division. He is explosive in his attacks and can knock anyone out if he lands a clean shot. Unfortunately for Guillard, he has come up short quite often in the past 2-3 years.
Between the years 2010 and 2011, Guillard looked poised to make a run for the UFC lightweight title. He put together a nice five-fight win streak, including wins over Jeremy Stephens and Evan Dunham. His storybook run came to an end when Joe Lauzon submitted the contender in October 2011.
Since his loss to Lauzon, Guillard has lost back-to-back fights twice (once to Lauzon and Jim Miller and then to Donald Cerrone and Jamie Varner). He is 2-3 with one no contest in his past six fights.
The issue that has raised its head is Guillard’s submission defense. Opponents seem to target that aspect of Guillard’s game and run with it. Of his 12 career loses, nine have come by way of submission. He has only lost by TKO or KO once (Cerrone), and the other two losses were by decision.
In a Guillard fight, this is what typically happens: he rushes an opponent after connecting with a hard shot, opponent recovers quickly and takes Guillard to the ground for a submission victory.
Given Johnson’s style, there is a chance he may try to stand and bang it out with Guillard, but the smarter choice would be to use his wrestling and take Guillard down. The key for the “Young Assassin” is to keep Johnson from taking the fight to the ground. If he does that, it is highly possible fans could be in for another Guillard knockout victory.