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Melvin Guillard Dubs Himself 'Jiu-Jitsu Killer' Prior to Fight With Joe Lauzon

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to the mat and submit him.


have come by way of tapout, the last coming as recently as two years ago. And most see Guillard's ground game as his one area of weakness. But Guillard thinks he has that problem solved.

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respectively. Both fighters are considered grapplers, but Guillard blew through both with first-round knockouts.

And though he acknowledged that Lauzon -- who boasts 16 of his 20 career victories via submission -- does present some dangerous possibilities, he predicted another knockout win.

"They're going to call me the 'Jiu-Jitsu Killer' when I'm done with Lauzon," he said.

For his part, Lauzon said some of Guillard's recent comments make him feel a bit overlooked.

"I think he's being a little bit arrogant acting like it's a done deal," said Lauzon (20-6). "We still have to fight."

Lauzon full well knows that for him to get the fight to the ground, he's going to have to wade into dangerous territory. Guillard is one of the few lightweights with true one-shot knockout power, a gift he's flashed repeatedly throughout his six-year tenure in the UFC.

But things have seemed to truly gel for Guillard over the last two years. Since moving camps to Team Greg Jackson in New Mexico, he's started a nice streak, winning five straight. He also seems to have shored up some of his shortcomings and found more comfort in the cage, allowing him to let his hands and feet fly without fear of what might happen if he goes to the ground.

That confidence will serve him well against Lauzon, who has won eight nightly bonus awards for his fearless aggression even in the face of risk. Despite Guillard's power, he'll take the same philosophy to battle on Saturday.

"If I can't get the fight down, I'm going out on my shield," he said. "I'm going to do my best to get the fight to the ground. If I find I can't get it, I'm going to keep working at it. I'm going to have to throw punches the entire time. The days are gone when you can just shoot on a guy from way out and take him down. Melvin's a great wrestler. He's not going to give up any easy takedowns. I'm going to have to fight for every one. I could get clipped going in for a takedown, I could get clipped trying to set it up with my punches. There's a lot of things that could happen but we're definitely looking to get it down."

Lauzon said that if worse came to worse, he would stand and trade with Guillard with the hopes that his punches, which he considers straighter, would land faster than Guillard's power strikes. Another option might be pulling guard to drag the fight down.

That's just fine with Guillard. The newly self-proclaimed "jiu-jitsu killer" says he's ready for every possibility.

"My standup is good, but I can also finish a fight on ground, too," he said. "I know he's limbsy, but when I'm in there, I'm a powerhouse. I put every ounce of muscle behind everything I throw. I'm not trying to outpoint a guy, I'm trying to knock a guy out. So even if he tries to play the jiu-jitsu game off his back, it still might be a bad night for Joe."