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UFC veteran Melvin Guillard has risen up the lightweight rankings in the past year, thanks to impressive performances against tough MMA fighters like Jeremy Stephens, Evan Dunham and Shane Roller.

It is obvious Guillard has rededicated himself to the sport of MMA, but his choice of opponent for his next fight, really shows how confident he has become in his abilities.

Guillard came into the UFC with pretty decent striking skills. Guillard’s grappling was always his weakness, particularly his submission defense. Now, the streaking MMA fighter is ready to test his submission defense, asking for a fight with fellow top welterweight Joe Lauzon.

“I don’t want to try to throw a name out there, but I was thinking maybe I could ask them to fight Joe Lauzon,” Guillard told MMAWeekly.com. “Right now technically nobody else is available, he already fought and walked away with a submission of the night victory, he didn’t take any damage in his last fight so maybe he’ll want to take the fight.”

A fight against Lauzon would be a real test of Guillard’s submission defense. Lauzon is well known for his submission capabilities, with 16 of his 20 total wins in his MMA career coming by way of submission. A win over a tough Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner like Lauzon, should help Guillard earn the title shot he has dreamt of his entire MMA career. Guillard definitely believes he is ready to take over the division, and like always, the 28 year old MMA fighter isn’t shy about expressing himself.

“I’m a finisher. I’m the best 155er at finishing fights.” Guillard said. “I am the best 155lber in the UFC right now, I just don’t have a belt around my waist just yet.”

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