The UFC’s debut on FX will be headlined by two rising lightweights who recently got derailed in their quest for a title. “Ultimate Fighter 2” contestant Melvin Guillard is scheduled to face Jim Miller in the promotion’s first fight card with the cable station.
“Main event for UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller – Melvin vs. Jim Miller, 3 rounds of lightweight war,” the UFC tweeted from its official account, announcing the matchup to fight fans. All UFC main events are set to go five rounds from now and it’s a little surprising a three round event was announced.
Melvin was inching closer to a title shot, putting together some impressive wins against some high quality opponents like Evan Dunham and Shane Roller. Unfortunately for Guillard, he got caught by Joe Lauzon at UFC 136, and his fight five win streak came to an abrupt end.
Miller was even closer to a title shot, putting together a seven fight win streak. Miller was virtually guaranteed a title shot coming into the fight against Ben Henderson at UFC Live 5, but “Smooth” had plans of his own. Henderson’s cruised to the unanimous decision against Miller, knocking him out of the title picture.
I really have to give UFC matchmakers their credit for this matchup, as it gives Miller and Guillard a chance to get back into the title conversation. Given what they’ve both accomplished in the past few years, most would agree they deserve a chance to redeem themselves.
Stylistically, both MMA fighters match up well, and it should be a close one when these two meet inside the Octagon. Given how close they both were to a title shot, it’s safe to say they’ll both be highly motivated.
Guillard will have the advantage in the standup department, while Miller should be able to dominate the fight when it goes to the ground. Whoever controls the location of the fight should be able to walk out with the victory. One thing’s for sure, the UFC on FX 1 fight card just got a little more interesting.