In the middle of 2011, Melvin Guillard was on a five fight win streak and poised to make a run a title. However, following a submisson loss to Joe Lauzon, Guillard would lose another three of next four and now finds himself fighting for a job instead of in the title hunt:
“I could easily be on a winning streak, but it was just the way the cards were dealt,” he said. “That’s just the nature of the beast in this game. Like the Varner fight, it’s a fight I kind of thought I won, but when I went back and looked at it, I gave up too many takedowns. Some fights are hit or miss and that’s why when you go into these fights, you have to execute your game plan, and against Varner I didn’t execute my game plan well enough and he outscored me in takedowns and I think that was the deciding factor. It’s a seesaw of a sport, and you have the ups and downs. Two years ago, I was on a five fight win streak, and all of a sudden I hit a downward spiral and these losses. It happens. Right now I just want to pick myself up off the ground and keep moving forward. My main goal from the beginning was to stay in the UFC throughout my career, and right now that’s what I need to do. So this fight is a very important one for me to keep my job in the UFC.”
That’s the fight game in a nutshell. One day you’re talking title shots, the next you just want to keep your place on the roster. But Guillard is nothing if not resilient, and despite his 64 pro fights, he still believes that at 30, there’s plenty of time left for him.
“My goal right now is to get some quality wins,” he said. “I just turned 30 this year, and if the title comes, it will come. But like everybody else, you gotta earn it. I thought it was gonna come a lot easier when I was on a five fight win streak, but it was a wakeup call to let me know that I’m in the toughest division in the UFC right now, so I have to work even harder to get to that goal of a title. But right now, I’m not thinking about a title; I’m thinking about staying in the UFC and keeping my job.”
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