Melvin Guillard is only 27-years-old, yet he’s already registered a whopping 37 professional mixed martial arts fights. Although he’s been around the block and back, Guillard believes Evan Dunham will serve as a sufficient launching pad for the next chapter in his controversial career.
“He’s going to be a big stepping stone for me,” Guillard told Sherdog of his ‘UFC Fight for the Troops 2‘ opponent. “Him being ranked above me, I kind of shy away from that. I don’t feel he [should be] ranked above me.
“I paid my dues in the UFC. He’s just coming into the UFC. He had a couple of tough fights, but I’ve been in the game of MMA for 15 years. He hasn’t fought anybody like me.”
That might be true, but Dunham has posted an impressive 11-1 mark against the opponents he has faced thus far. He’ll also be entering the Octagon with a little added motivation courtesy of the controversial split decision loss to Sean Sherk he received in his last outing at UFC 119.
Nonetheless, Guillard believes he’s the most frightening thing the division has seen since BJ Penn crossed paths with reigning king Frankie Edgar.
“I feel I’m the [lightweight] everybody worries about,” Guillard matter-of-factly stated. “I think when these guys get phone calls from [UFC matchmaker Joe Silva] or [Octagon president Dana White] and they say, ‘Hey, we want you to fight Melvin Guillard,’ I think guys panic.
“I honestly think guys fear fighting me because I’m so athletic and they don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t feel anybody at 155 can beat me. I feel that I am the best fighter at 155.”
The baddest lightweight on the planet, per Guillard, will be showcased this Saturday at “UFC Fight for the Troops 2″ on Spike TV.