So is there a place for Melvin Guillard in 2011 UFC Lightweight picture?Posted on January 24, 2011, 06:05 AM by Anton Gurevich
Fight for the Troops 2 event saw Melvin Guillard scoring probably his most impressive victory in the UFC, knocking out the highly-regarded Evan Dunham in the first round. Guillard celebrated the victory making motion of having a belt around his waist, as the MMA community quickly put the Greg Jackson product in line for a shot at the UFC Lightweight title. Yes, it was a terrific performance by "The Young Assasin", but what's his real position in the Lightweight ladder? Is he really currently one of the top contenders for the title? Let's take a look at the UFC Lightweight title picture to find out.
Last Three fights: Defeated Alexis Karalexis, Shane Roller, Ben Henderson
WEC Lightweight Champion. Pettis defeated the Top 10 Lightweight Ben Henderson at WEC 53 and was originally scheduled to fight the winner of the UFC 125 bout between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. Instead, "Showtime" will square off against Clay Guida at TUF 13 Finale in June.
Last Three Fights: Defeated Joe Stevenson, Kurt Pellegrino and Joe Lauzon
The Australian BJJ wizard currently holds a fantastic 7-0 record in the UFC, defeated some of the best Lightweights on his way. Sotiropoulos will look to put an exclamation mark above his legitimacy as the UFC Lightweight title contender, facing Dennis Siver at UFC 127 in Australia.
Last Three Fights: Defeated Mark Bocek, Gleison Tibau and Charles Oliveira
Jim Miller's only defeats are coming against the current Champ Frankie Edgar, and the challenger Gray "The Bully" Maynard. Twenty-seven year old Miller put a streak of six consecutive victories inside the Octagon, and can surely consider himself as one of the leading contenders for a shot at the title. Jim Miller will look to prove himself once again, this time facing Kamal Shalorus at UFC 128 in March.
Last Three fights: Defeated Shannon Gugerty, Rafael Dos Anjos and Takanori Gomi
"The Carpenter" made a huge statement with a victory over Takanori Gomi at UFC 125, and will look to add another big name to his list with a victory over Anthony Pettis in his next fight. Guida has always been around, but constantly failed to put together a necessary streak of great performances to catapult himself into a top contender position. This time, it looks like the relentless Greg Jackson fighter is serious about his goals of making a title run this year and will surely stay on the spotlight for the rest of 2011.
So there you have it, guys. There's at least four other contenders for the UFC Lightweight title, not counting Melvin Guillard. Again, "The Young Assasin" is definitely one of the top fighters at 155, but in my opinion it's a little bit too soon to talk about him as a potential title challenger. It's hard to see the UFC Lightweight title defended four and more times this year. UFC Lightweight division is stacked, and most of the so called "title contenders" will have to fight a few more times before they get their shot at glory.
Melvin Guillard needs one more fight to solidify his position, to make Joe Silva and Dana White even more headache about what quickly became the most stacked division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.