Things didn’t go particularly well for “Ultimate Fighter” season two contestant Melvin Guillard in his last outing, losing via rear-naked choke in the first found of his “UFC on FX” bout against Jim Miller.
Guillard actually got off to a good start against Miller, landing some solid shots on the New Jersey native. He did get a little careless with his attacks though, and Miller took him down after an ill-advised flying knee. On the ground, it’s was rather clear who the better grappler was, with Miller quickly transitioning to Melvin’s back and securing the choke.
If you’ve watched Melvin over the years, it’s pretty clear his poor submission defense is his biggest weakness. He’ll be in for another tough test when he faces Fabrício Camões on at UFC 148, set for July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
With a 14-6-1 professional MMA record, Camões might not seem like the most dangerous opponent in the world, but that really isn’t the case. Camões is a third degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black, and he’ll have a huge advantage against Guillard if the fight goes to the ground.
However, Melvin Guillard has matured a lot over the years, and he does have the tools needed to secure the win if he comes out with an intelligent game plan (solid takedown defense, superior striking skills). He clearly isn’t underestimating Camões, and that should lead to an interesting fight at UFC 148.
“I’m not looking past this guy, because this is how guys like him make their name off guys like me,” Guillard said during an interview with Garrett Derr. “With a win over me, it catapults him into the limelight. I don’t want to ever be a stepping stone for anyone. … I’m looking for a three-round beat-down. I’m looking to beat him up for three straight rounds. I definitely want to be the bully in this fight. If I end up knocking him out and finishing him, then great.”