Melvin Guillard says Frankie Edgar is overrated, appoints himself Lightweight KingPosted on July 12, 2011, 05:48 PM by Joey Santosus
"I feel like a lot of the guys at the top of the heap were overrated. The UFC will promote them harder so they'll get more of the attention ... Me personally, I think Frankie Edgar is overrated. He beat B.J. Penn twice, I'll give the guy credit where credit is due, but he barely got away from Gray Maynard. He's the champ right now, but he's not a finisher. To me, a lot of the guys who aren't finishing fights are overrated. Nowadays you get a lot of bad judging, so who's to say these guys really won some of these fights they say they won. I just feel overall that best 155'er and I'm content with that. - For more from Melvin Guillard, visit MMAMania's Pro MMA Radio
Over the past several months, the logjam in the UFC at 155-pounds has slowly began to shake itself out. Top contenders like Anthony Pettis, Mark Bocek, and George Sotiropoulos have taken a step or two down the latter, while guys like Jim Miller and Clay Guida have proven to be mainstays in the upper end of the division.
One Lightweight who wasn't widely considered in that conversation six months ago, however, was Melvin Guillard. Though he had finished off 2010 with a solid victory over an always dangerous Jeremy Stephens, the nature of the win, via razor close split decision, left unanswered questions about the "The Young Assassin." Determined to provide answers, he returned to action in 2011, dispatching of highly touted Xtreme Couture prospect Evan Dunham in January before buckling Shane Roller with a series of blistering punches at UFC 132. The victories, both decisive and impressive, extend Guillard's win streak to five, making his place "in the mix" hard to deny. But, according to him, they also prove he's the best overall fighter in the division.
With Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard now cleared to resume training, their trilogy fight is expected to take place sometime this Fall. How the final pieces of the puzzle will ultimately fall into place is anyone's guess, but that shouldn't stop us from speculating... So what do you think LowKick'ers? What's next for Melvin Gullard? And when the dust finally does settle, which Lightweight will be wearing the gold?
Photo: Melvin Guillard vs Shane Roller fight at UFC 132 event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Credit: Scott Hirano.