Entering Saturday’s scrap with Michael Johnson, Melvin Guillard (pictured) claimed he could “beat anyone in the lightweight division.” If we’re going off today’s performance, then Guillard must have been referring to beating any 155-pounder in a backpedaling competition because “The Young Assassin’s” cornerback skills were on full display inside the Octagon.
Johnson walked away from their one-sided shootout with a lopsided unanimous decision victory, despite trying to finish off his former Blackzilian teammate throughout their 15-minute affair. He, and more importantly, UFC president Dana White were none too pleased.
“There’s no doubt that Melvin ran the entire fight and was incredibly passive, the complete opposite of how he used to fight,” White stated at the post-fight press conference. “There was a lot of smack talk leading up to that fight, and those are the fights that everybody gets excited about, and nine times out of 10 they end up like tonight. Those drive me crazy.
“I was excited for that fight. I thought both [were] really explosive athletes, both guys who can mix it up really well, and it just didn’t happen tonight.”
Despite all the pre-fight pleasantries the two exchanged heading into the tango, Guillard pulled a no-show once the cage door slammed shut. It appeared to many as though he didn’t want to be there. Johnson simply believes Guillard was scared, homie.
“It was obvious he didn’t want a piece of me,” Johnson said. “I’m a little pissed off that our fight was considered bad. I came here wanting to fight, and he was running and not engaging in anything.
“He was talking a lot of s**** before the fight, and I expected him to do something. But instead, he didn’t. I did think he was a little scared of me in this fight.”
Essentially, this is the enigma that is Melvin Guillard. When he’s on, he’s awesome. When he’s off, he’s awful. The 30-year-old is now 2-5 (1 NC) over his last eight fights. He had won five straight prior to this current stretch.
Despite Guillard’s roller coaster résumé, White isn’t prepared to cut the longtime UFC veteran, for the time being.
“I don’t ever say that stuff at the [post-fight] press conferences,” White said of Guillard’s employment status.