Melvin Guillard is one of the most talented guys in the UFC’s lightweight division, but the 28 year old MMA fighter hasn’t lived up to his true potential.
After getting derailed by Joe Lauzon at UFC 136, Melvin was given the opportunity to get back into contention, by facing Jim Miller at UFC on FX. Unfortunately for Guillard, there wasn’t any noticeable difference in his submission defense skills, and he ended up getting submitted in the first round.
Melvin inflicted some damage in the opening minutes of the fight, but his carelessness eventually got the best of him. Going into UFC on FX, it was pretty obvious Melvin needed to keep the fight standing, yet he threw several flying knees against an opponent, whose intentions were to take him down.
At only 28 years old, Melvin still has time to turn things around, but he’ll have to make BJJ his number one priority. With two consecutive first round losses via rear-naked choke, Melvin seems to be finally getting that point, and it’ll be interesting to see if he sticks to his new commitment.
“I think I fought the perfect fight,” Melvin said after losing to Miller. “I knocked him down. He caught my back, and it’s ironic because I’ve been working on back escapes. I could tell I hurt him, and he didn’t want to be in there with me at one point. I need to work harder on my jiu-jitsu. That’s why I’m working with the ‘Blackzilians.'”
With a professional record of 29-10-2 (nine of his ten losses coming via submission), a solid BJJ game would make Guillard a truly elite fighter. Melvin has already displayed his kickboxing prowess inside the cage (with 19 [T]KO victories), and his takedown defense/wrestling skills have also been well documented.
Physically, Melvin is one of the most gifted athletes in the 155 pound division, and it will truly be a shame if he never reaches his true potential.