Melvin Guillard will step into the octagon for the first time in over a year at UFC 101, taking on Thiago Tavares on August 8th in Portland, Oregon.
MMA Weekly was first to report the lightweight matchup on Monday, confirming that both fighters had verbally agreed to square off and that bout agreements were pending.
After winning three of his first four UFC bouts between 2005 and 2006, Guillard suffered a 27-second submission loss to Joe Stevenson in the UFC Fight Night 9 main event and was subsequently suspended for 8 months after testing positive for cocaine. He returned to action in December 2007, but was defeated by Rich Clementi and temporarily left the promotion. After going 1-0 outside the octagon, Guillard returned last July to defeat Dennis Siver via knockout in just 36-seconds. He was next scheduled to fight Spencer Fisher at UFC 90 in Chicago, but was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a torn ACL.
Tavares kept his undefeated record intact with back-to-back UFC victories over Naoyuki Kotani and Jason Black in early-2007, before suffering his first career loss to Tyson Griffin at UFC 76 later that year. After picking up a win over Michihiro Omigawa, Tavares suffered losses to Matt Wiman and Kurt Pellegrino, but rebounded in January with a unanimous decision over Manny Gamburyan.