Melvin Guillard has been fighting in the UFC now since 2005, but at UFC on FOX 8 Saturday night, he halted any walking papers by knocking out Mac Danzig in the second round. Considering Guillard was coming off back-to-back losses, and had lost four of his last five fights, it was a massive win for the 30 year-old.
While speaking on FUEL TV’s post-fight broadcast, Guillard had this to say about his performance, which came not long after he left the Blackzilians camp in Florida.
“I give a lot of credit to my team, my wonderful coaches and teammates. My coaches got me back sharp with my boxing. I was in Denver for four months, I sacrificed a lot. I lost my grandmother last week, but little sister is about to have brain surgery that’s very critical. I had a lot going on in my mind, but I wanted to win this one for me. Nobody is going to take my job from me in the UFC, when I’m backed in to a corner, I’m going to do my best.”
UFC commentator and retired fighter Brian Stann noted about “The Young Assassin”:
“The question going into this fight was which Guillard is going to go out there? Is it the focused guy who’s one of the best lightweights in the world or will it be the unfocused guy? His boxing was sharp and his power is always there. If this kid hits you you’re going goodnight. This was one of the most brutal finishes of the year so far. He’s been training in Denver and we see a different Melvin than we’ve seen in the past.”
Guillard’s career has certainly had a few ups and downs, but it will be fascinating to see who comes next and how the feared slugger performs.
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