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Melvin Guillard Ready to Stand Up With Nate Diaz in UFN 19 Main Event

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“[Nate Diaz] won the Ultimate Fighter, so even if he gets three or four losses I think he’s going to be around somewhere in the picture. I don’t feel like his job is on the line—though he might have to take a long break. It might make him have to sit down for about six months. I don’t feel any pressure, and fighting guys with pressure never bothers me. A fight’s a fight, and I want to stay busy.

“Nate’s been bothering the UFC about getting somebody to stand up and bang with him, because Clay Guida went in and just took him down and out-wrestled him. Stevenson did the same thing. Everybody knows I am a great wrestler, but I’m also a great striker and I want to have a good stand-up battle. I mean, if he really wants someone to go in there and stand up and bang with him? I’m that guy.

“I know my boxing’s way better than his, and it’ll be a short night for him if he wants to go that route. But man, I know how it goes in a fight. Once a guy gets hit by me, his whole game plan goes out the window. Nobody can withstand my right hand, and I think that he’ll try on a couple of little Jiu-Jitsu moves in that case. But my cardio’s great, and I am prepared to go full-speed, 100% for 15 minutes.”

UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard, who has evolved from a loser of two-straight who served a nine-month suspension for cocaine in 2007 to a UFC Fight Night headliner, talks about his strategy for tonight’s main event matchup against The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner Nate Diaz.


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