According to Sherdog.com‘s records, Melvin Guillard owns a lengthy 26-8-2 (1 NC) mixed martial arts record. Seven of his eight losses were of the submission variety.
While crying uncle may have been an issue in the past, “The Young Assassin” claims he’s taken his grappling game to new heights since joining Greg Jackson’s famed academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“Normally, when I would hit the mat under a guy that’s a good jiu jitsu artist, I would freak out and panic,” Guillard told Sherdog. “I would try to make something happen out of nothing and then get tapped. Now I’m so poised and so calm.
“I don’t worry because guys can’t tap me unless I let them tap me. When you have a stable of guys that are as good as the guys that we have in our gym, it helps me get through that [habit] of saying, ‘I think this guy might beat me.'”
Guillard meets Evan Dunham this Saturday at “UFC Fight for the Troops 2.” His opponent owns a 11-1 resume and has finished six of his victims via tapout, so it’s highly likely the Xtreme Couture-trained fighter will look to test Guillard’s Fort Knox-esque submission defense.
“If he’s banking all his money on [submitting] me, then it’s going to be a long night for Evan Dunham,” Guillard confidently stated. “Now I’m so poised and so calm. I don’t worry because guys can’t tap me unless I let them tap me.
“I don’t feel anybody at 155 can beat me. I feel that I am the best fighter at 155.”