After a mixed career in the UFC since breaking through during The Ultimate Fighter season 2, Melvin Guillard has finally began to put together a solid run, going 5-1 in the past two and a half years, including his current three fight winning streak.
Now he gets the chance to headline the UFC’s Fight For The Troops show on Saturday night against the highly regarded Evan Dunham.
Guillard is an explosive puncher, picking up 16 of his 26 career wins by knockout which could well become a factor in the fight, but he believes that his opponent doesn’t possess that kind of threat in return.
“He’s not a knockout artist man. He might be a submission artist, but he’s not a knockout artist so I’m not worried about that. I gotta hard head, it takes a lot to knock me out,” Guillard says in his pre-fight interview for UFC.com.
On paper that would appear to be a fair assessment. Dunham has just two knockout wins on his CV, but six of his 11 wins have ended via submission. That’ll be a concern for Guillard who’s Achilles heel has always been his submission defense, accounting for seven of his eight losses in the sport.
Certainly Guillard knows that one way or another he’s in for a challenging night.
“I think he’s tough, I think the kid’s going to bring it, you know what I mean. He brought it to Sean Sherk, and I mean anybody who can go three rounds with Sherk and lose a tough decision is a ? opponent. In my eyes the kid’s still undefeated. I think he’s going to be tough and come to fight.”
It’s clear Guillard is hoping to take Dunham out on the feet, and though many fighters don’t like facing a southpaw, ‘The Young Assassin’ relishes it.
“I prefer to fight a southpaw to a right hander. For me it’s going to be fun you know, there’s a lot of tricks and different things I can pull off with southpaws that I pull off in the gym all the time, so it’s going to be exciting man.
“I’m just going to get in there and give everybody a show, and it’s definitely going to be a memorable fight, I’ll leave it that.”
Check out his full interview below.