That saying that getting to the UFC is the easy part. Staying in the UFC is the hard part. Despite upswings and downswings, Melvin Guillard has been on the active roster of the UFC for nine years. One thing that has alluded Guillard though is a title run, but at only thirty years of age, the lightweight believes it will come:
"People don't realize how hard it is not only to fight in the UFC but stay in the UFC. I've been in the UFC for nine years straight. I haven't been cut or kicked to another promotion and I'm proud of that."
That said, Guillard still believes a UFC belt is in his future. Should he defeat Johnson on Saturday, Guillard plans to call for a top-five opponent and then a title shot.
"Will I get a title shot? Yes. Will I be champion? Yes," Guillard said. "I haven't given up on myself.
"[UFC champion] Anthony Pettis is a good fighter, but I feel like I'm bigger, stronger and faster. I can beat anybody in my weight class. I have to go make a statement against Michael Johnson and then I see myself fighting for the title within two fights."