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Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon added to rapidly growing UFC 136 lineup

The UFC 136 card continues to fill out with explosive fights and another bout has been added today in the form of  a lightweight showdown between heavy-handed striker Melvin Guillard and aggressive grappler Joe Lauzon.

Both men confirmed the fight through their Twitter accounts.

Winner of five straight fights, “The Young Assassin” has looked in prime form under the guidance of Greg Jackson. Guillard followed an impressive finish of Evan Dunham in January up with another jaw-dropping knockout over the very tough Shane Roller a few weeks ago at UFC 132. With seven wins in his last eight UFC fights, Guillard has quickly worked his way up the lightweight ladder and could be a win or two away from a potential title shot in 2012.

First he’ll have to get through “J-Lau” though, who will look to earn his eighth UFC victory. Lauzon is coming off a submission victory over Kurt Warburton at UFC on Versus 4. The submission earned him “Submission of the Night” honors, his seven “of the Night” honor in ten fights. Lauzon has traded wins and losses in his last four fights though and is looking to win two straight fights for the first time since February 2009.

UFC 136 is scheduled for October 8 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The night will be headlined by a UFC lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar and top contender Gray Maynard.

  • so once again Melvin gets an opponent with awful striking and the necessity to get it to the ground…..i mean I love Lauzon but if Melvin is on such a hot streak start giving him the top tier…not the bottom of the top tier.

  • MickeyC says:

    with him fighting B4 frankie & gray, if hw wins, I’m sure he will have plenty to say. Alot of good fight anouncements past few days.

  • MCM says:

    Well said superdave. If Melvin wants that title shot, he’s got to get in there with better ranked fighters than Lauzon. I’d like to see him in there with Edson Barboza, Ross Pearson, or (in what I think would be an awesome match up) Anthony Njokuani.

  • JOEgun says:

    Lauzon is dangerous too but i also thought they would give Guillard an opponent in the top 7 maybe. Oh well, should be a good fight anyway.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Guillard has looked almost invincible since joining Jackson’s camp. Great power, extremely fast hands, and finally he has good cardio.

  • Makington says:

    Not to mention his ground game has improved tremendously. The switch he did in the last 10 seconds of his fight against Ronnys Torres is still a thing of beauty, and won him the fight. I think he’ll be too much for Lauzon here, who has lost by tko before to people with much less power. I hate seeing Lauzon lose but this is a bad matchup for him. They’ll look like a different weight class.

    I think if Guillard wins he should face Jim Miller if he beats Ben Henderson (which they should). Both guys are on an absolute tear and are both worthy of a title shot pretty much.

    I guess it’s a good thing Pettis lost in hindsight. Imagine if Guillard, Pettis, Miller all had legit claims for a title shot, plus with Siver creeping up the rankings and whoever loses between Maynard/Edgar will still be highly ranked…what a clusterfuck!

  • I think Clay Guida should fight the winner of Miller/Henderson as these guys are on a better tear vs better competition. Melvins biggest win on his streak is Evan Dunham whereas Miller alone has, Tibau, Shalarous, Bocek, Charles Olivera. Guida has Pettis and Gomi. I think Gullard should get Pettis more for the enjoyment of the fans than anyone. If Miller can win 7 straight I dont think Melvin should be complaining at 5 wins.

  • stone says:

    I still want Jeremy Stephens vs Melvin 2….

  • climbarock says:

    If Lauzon comes in as a big underdog, like +300, 400, even 500, he could be a really good bet. He’s got a very aggressive, very solid submission game and he’s not afraid to really go for it. Melvin has looked pretty good in his latest UFC run, but he’s been caught before and he can make a mistake again.


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