Ironically, in an individual sport like mixed martial arts, nearly nothing is as important as the team an athlete surrounds himself with. It’s an odd Catch-22 situation, where fighters need to train with the best in order to improve, which almost certainly sets up potential teammate vs. teammate scenarios somewhere down the line.
After blasting through Shane Roller this past Saturday at UFC 132 to collect his fifth consecutive win, lightweight Melvin Guillard professed there is nobody walking the face of the earth he won’t confront for the hardware – including fellow Greg Jackson protégé Clay Guida.
“We’re all here for one reason. This is business,” Guillard matter-of-factly stated at the post-fight press conference. “The only way I would fight a teammate is for the title.
“At the end of the day, we all have this understanding. I’m not going to fight my teammate for nothing when there’s all these [lightweights]. It just doesn’t make sense to me.”
Guida is a veteran of the sport, so hearing something like that shouldn’t surprise him too much. At the same time, Guillard is clearly on a mission as he refuses to allow ANYONE to deter him from accomplishing his dream.
“I’ll fight my brother for that UFC title. I’ll fight my mother for that UFC title,” the 28-year-old emphatically stated. “I mean that, and that’s from the heart.
“I am the best 155-pounder. I’m a finisher. No disrespect to Frankie Edgar or Gray Maynard, but they proved it in the last fight when they fought each other. Gray had him on his heels and didn’t finish. I’m a finisher. I go in for the kill. I smell blood.”