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Melvin Guillard wants a #1 Contender or Title Shot, Florian Doesn?t Fit the Bill


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It?s common that any time a fighter comes off a big win a slew of challengers line up to try and get the next shot at them. Such is the case with Melvin Guillard, who showcased his skills in a dominant victory over Evan Dunham last Saturday night at UFC Fight For The Troops 2.

 

Guillard has often been seen as an extremely talented fighter who hadn?t lived up to his potential. He proved everybody wrong by blasting through Dunham, something no one else had done to the Oregonian throughout his professional MMA career.

 

The first to take a shot at Guillard following his win was former UFC lightweight title contender Kenny Florian, who said when appearing on Pro MMA Radio, ?If Melvin thinks he deserves a shot over me, he should fight me and beat me.?

 

Guillard of course heard about the comments, and while he has the utmost respect for Florian, he doesn?t think that fight does anything for him right now.

 

?I?ve got mad respect for Kenny. He?s a good friend. I talk to him all the time. There?s no animosity, but of course he?s going to feel like that when I?m on top right now. He?s had his shot. He?s had two chances to be a champion, he didn?t make it,? Guillard told MMAWeekly Radio on Tuesday.

 

?I don?t take nothing from Kenny. He?s a dangerous fighter, just like Dunham and everybody else. Anyone that steps into that Octagon is dangerous because anyone can win at any given day. But I feel like Kenny had his chance.?

 

Florian has been looking for a fight when he comes back later this year after a knee injury forced him out of the bout against Evan Dunham last weekend. The Boston area fighter also looked to challenge final WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, but his camp opted to face someone coming off a win and not a loss. Pettis instead took a fight against Clay Guida at the June 4 ?Ultimate Fighter Season 13″ finale.

 

Guillard seems to take a similar approach towards a fight with Florian, not out of disrespect, but simply because right now it doesn?t push him closer to his ultimate goal of getting a title shot.

 

?Now him asking to fight me? He?s only doing that because he?s in the shadows and nobody?s talking about him. He?s not in the spotlight,? Guillard said about Florian. ?If he wants that fight it has to be worth it for me, because honestly at this point in my career, and me and my agent already agreed on it, I?m not going to get anything out of beating Kenny Florian. He?s going to gain, and I?m going to lose, so that?s not a fight that I?m looking for.?

 

What Guillard is looking for is a chance to prove he deserves a title shot. He?s not willing to sit and wait for things to happen, and if the UFC comes calling tomorrow with a new challenge, he?s up to take it.

 

?I?m looking for a No. 1 contender or I want a champion. That?s all I want right now,? said Guillard. ?If I have to take another stepping stone and Kenny wants to throw himself in there, I promise you if that fight happens, I?m going to (expletive) him up and I?m going to make it impressive. I?m going to let him know that he can?t beat me, period.

 

?I?m not going to sit here and wait for a title shot. I?ll put my reputation on the line and that?s why my record is so big because I will fight weekend after weekend. Right now that?s the best preparation for me is to keep fighting. So whoever they put in front of me, I?m going to fight.?

 

One fight that seems particularly intriguing to most fans is to match up Guillard against Pettis. Currently, Pettis is instead set to face Guillard?s teammate, Guida, but it?s a fight that the native of New Orleans is happy to accept.

 

As a matter of fact, he doesn?t even care if Pettis sees exactly what he?s going to do to win the fight.

 

?Me and Pettis hung out, he trains with my old kickboxing coach and childhood friend Patrick Barry. So he got to see my warm-up. People are like ?you?re going to warm up in front of guys you?re going to fight?? I don?t care,? Guillard stated. ?When I go into a fight, I?m going to execute my skill.

 

?I don?t care if I?m the champion and I trained with the guy I?m going to fight, he can see everything that I?m working on, I?m that confident in my skill. I?m not ****y at all, but I?ve been doing this for so long, I?ve wrestled all my life, I?ve been a competitor, and I?m an athlete first before anything.?

 

Guillard is taking very little time off following the big win over Dunham. He is already back in New Mexico training with coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn, and plans on helping other teammates prepare for their upcoming battles as well.

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good post but try to use this thread.

 

http://forums.ufc.production.sparkart.net/showthread.php?t=73834

 

its for LW discussion, hopefully putting most of the discussions in 1 topic will releave the forum of the spam. As literally probably 70 threads are made very day about alot of the same stuff.

 

If we can organize some discussions a bit better, maybe the forums will grow a bit.

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good post but try to use this thread.

 

http://forums.ufc.production.sparkart.net/showthread.php?t=73834

 

its for LW discussion' date=' hopefully putting most of the discussions in 1 topic will releave the forum of the spam. As literally probably 70 threads are made very day about alot of the same stuff.

 

If we can organize some discussions a bit better, maybe the forums will grow a bit.[/quote']

That's silly. You can't have one topic to discuss everything in a division. That wouldn't make the forum grow.

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I think his recent sucess is starting to mess with his head. He just beat a guy that was coming off a loss and he thinks he deserves a title shot? I'd say a fight with kenny is about right considering he just beat the guy kenny was supposed to fight, not that he'd win though, i personally think kenny would wipe the floor with him.

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Haha how dumb is he?

 

Beating one top guy doesn't get you a title shot.

 

This except with the addition of...who has Evan Dunham even beat? Let's face it, every time Melvin Guillard has a fight Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan do nothing but talk about how good he is and go out of their way to make excuses for his every downfalls. But at the end of the day what has he done to make himself a standout fighter? "He's so athletic! He's so explosive!" And yet he's never beaten anyone worth talking about. And now he wants a title shot after having beaten a guy who's biggest career accomplishment thus far has been beating Tyson Griffin by split decision. *Sigh*

 

And this guy actually has fans...real fans. What's wrong with you people? Can you not see that Melvin Guillard blows dogs for quarters?

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This except with the addition of...who has Evan Dunham even beat? Let's face it' date=' every time Melvin Guillard has a fight Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan do nothing but talk about how good he is and go out of their way to make excuses for his every downfalls. But at the end of the day what has he done to make himself a standout fighter? "He's so athletic! He's so explosive!" And yet he's never beaten anyone worth talking about. And now he wants a title shot after having beaten a guy who's biggest career accomplishment thus far has been beating Tyson Griffin by split decision. *Sigh*

 

And this guy actually has fans...real fans. What's wrong with you people? Can you not see that Melvin Guillard blows dogs for quarters?[/quote']

 

Evam Dunham beat Sean Sherk and Tyson Griffin.

 

It was completely insane that the Griffin fight was a split decision. The judges ignorance shouldn't affect what other people think of the fighter.

 

P.S. I'm not sure if you're for Guillard or against him.

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good post but try to use this thread.

 

http://forums.ufc.production.sparkart.net/showthread.php?t=73834

 

its for LW discussion' date=' hopefully putting most of the discussions in 1 topic will releave the forum of the spam. As literally probably 70 threads are made very day about alot of the same stuff.

 

If we can organize some discussions a bit better, maybe the forums will grow a bit.[/quote']

 

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Haha how dumb is he?

 

Beating one top guy doesn't get you a title shot.

 

it did for shogun......wait, no, he beat ZERO top guys.

 

anderson didn't really face any top guys either before he got his shot. he IS anderson though.....

 

and frankie's fight before he got his shot was against matt veach....when's the last time you heard that name?

 

dunham is just as high up in the division as big nog was when cain beat him to get his title shot........and that goes for a lot of others, too.

 

brett rogers LOST, then got a title shot.......that IS strikeforce though :D

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