Not too many moons ago, Melvin Guillard (Pictured) was in contention for a crack at the UFC lightweight crown. Fast-forward two consecutive defeats, with each ending within the opening fame and both via rear-naked choke fashion, and Guillard potentially finds himself in a must-win predicament.
However, fighting out of desperation isn’t uncharted territory for “The Young Assassin.” In fact, that’s how he has approached all of his scraps inside the Octagon.
“I’m always in a must-win situation,” Guillard admitted to 5thRound.com. “No matter if I’m on a five-fight win streak or I’m on a two-fight loss. Every fight in the UFC is critical. Every fight is a must-win fight because you must win to get a title shot.”
Prior to posting back-to-back submission losses, Guillard had rattled off five straight wins. Most of the bouts ended in a devastating manor. Despite the 29-year-old’s recent setbacks, he still believes he’s the weight class’ top dog – with or without the hardware to back it up.
“I’m the best fighter in my division,” Guillard flatly stated. “I’m always going to believe that. The minute that I think someone is better than me, that’s the minute I shouldn’t be in this position of being a fighter. I probably should be typing on a computer somewhere.
“Just because I fell short in two fights don’t mean the world came crashing down. It shows how good my division is. There is no dominant 155er right now. Everybody has won two, maybe four fights, and has lost one or two. I feel I’m in the same position I was in before I lost my last two fights.”
Guillard has the opportunity to right the ship Saturday night at UFC 148. Unfortunately for him, the organization didn’t do the slugger any favors by assigning him a third-degree Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt in Fabricio Camoes.