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Melvin Guillard Thinks Time At Greg Jackson's Is The Key To Success

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Guillard spoke at UFC.com about his upcoming fight against Waylon Lowe and what to expect from him:

"I think with them switching my opponent with Waylon Lowe, he’s tailor-made for me. He’s a striker, he’s a wrestler, and he doesn’t have great jiu-jitsu. I checked his record and he really hasn’t submitted anyone, so to me that’s saying he doesn’t have any jiu-jitsu. In the back of my mind I still have to watch out for guillotine chokes and stuff like that, but for the most part I think this guy’s going to come in and want to bang and he’s a southpaw, so it gives me an opportunity to just lead with my straight right. I have no problems with fighting southpaws."

"For me every fight’s important and hopefully after this fight I can get me a seasoned opponent. I’m not counting Waylon Lowe out though; the guy’s dangerous. Every fighter is dangerous no matter how you look at him; you can’t take one guy lightly and then take the other guy serious because at the end of the day as a fighter when you start doing that that’s when you start selling yourself short."

I'm very interested in seeing what Guillard can do with the proper camp around him.  The guy clearly has physical gifts, but his lapses in concentration during his losses have always been his downfall.  I'm in agreement with Guillard in that Lowe should be tailor-made from him.  The list of BJJ blackbelt  guys that Guillard has had to endure is a sign that the UFC wants him to sure up his submisson liabilities I suppose.  He was scheduled to face another one in Thiago Tavares before Tavrares had to pull out of the fight with injuries.  More from Guillard:

For me every fight’s important and hopefully after this fight I can get me a seasoned opponent. I’m not counting Waylon Lowe out though; the guy’s dangerous. Every fighter is dangerous no matter how you look at him; you can’t take one guy lightly and then take the other guy serious because at the end of the day as a fighter when you start doing that that’s when you start selling yourself short."

"Man, I’m looking for a highlight-reel knockout - I’m just putting it out there. I’m going all guns blazing and I’m looking to finish this guy in a spectacular way to where I can earn me another bonus check. It’s been two years since I earned me a knockout of the night (win bonus), and I’m always pushing for those big bonuses so at the end of the day I’m bringing it and hopefully this guy is ready for the heat that I’ll bring."

"We all get along like family and I can’t say enough good things about everybody up here. Since I’ve been here I don’t think I’ve had one argument with anybody, there are no egos in the gym and everybody gets along. It’s kind of surreal sometimes."

If Guillard can get past Lowe, I'd like to see him get another shot at someone with a name.  In fact, Guillard versus Jeremy Stephens would be fireworks.