Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon: UFC 136’s OTHER Critical Lightweight Fight

Written by Tom Ngo
October 7th, 2011

UFC Lightweight Melvin Guillard

Considering champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard meet in tomorrow night’s featured attraction, it’s understandable why their lightweight title tilt is hoarding most of UFC 136‘s headlines. However, there is another critical 155-pound affair going down in Texas that is also worth mentioning.

While a win over Melvin Guillard (Pictured) won’t necessarily mean Joe Lauzon will be sniffing a championship bout anytime soon, another impressive performance by Guillard could put him on the doorstep of a title match.

Guillard owns an extensive 29-8-2 (1 NC) record. He’s won five straight scraps, including eight out of his last nine bouts. “The Young Assassin” has lived up to his nickname of late by finishing his last two victims in explosive knockout fashion.

Unfortunately for Guillard, his top contender road won’t be an easy one. Out of his eight losses, seven have come by way of submission. Anyone care to guess what Lauzon’s specialty is?

Lauzon holds a 20-6 record, with 16 of his wins coming via tapout. Although he’s alternated between wins and losses over his last five outings, J-Lau is a dangerous opponent because he can expose Guillard’s biggest weakness.

If Guillard were Superman, Lauzon has plenty of kryptonite at his disposal.

Nonetheless, the Gambling Gods are unfazed as they have dubbed Guillard a whopping 4-to-1 favorite to easily dispose of Lauzon.

UFC 136 takes place inside the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Their lightweight contest will appear in the pay-per-view portion of tomorrow’s festivities, which airs live at 9PM ET/6PM PT.

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