I called for this fight after watching Jeremy Stephens defeat Sam Stout back at UFC 113. However, Melvin Guillard made it official when he appeared on the Sherdog Radio Network Savage Dog Show earlier this week and said he wanted to fight Stephens:
"That’s the guy I want," Guillard told the Sherdog Radio Network’s Savage Dog Show. "I think that would be a great fight for me. I really want to fight that guy."
"I want to fight exciting fighters," Guillard said. "He’s a good guy. I have no grudge against him or anything. I have a lot of respect for him as a fighter. I think he has a lot of punching power, and I think he’ll give me a run for my money. I’ll respect him as a person, but as a fighter, I don’t think he’s a better fighter than me."
I totally agree with Guillard in that it would be a very good fight as both guys have power and are usually pretty aggressive. Guillard also took the opportunity to kind of take a jab at UFC matchmaker Joe Silva:
"I know for a fact it will be a knock-down, drag-out brawl of a fight," Guillard said. "That’s what they want in the UFC. I would rather fight a guy like that and take that chance at a guy having knockout ability than to fight another black belt jiu-jitsu guy that’s just going to lay on me, not do anything and make the fight boring."
I think Guillard was implying that the UFC has fed him a steady diet of grapplers during his UFC tenure. Out of 10 UFC fights, he's faced a 'grappler' based fighter 6 times and one school teacher. Guillard has gone (4-1) in his last five fights in the UFC. Stephens has gone (3-2) in his last five winning his last two, so it's a fight that makes sense from that standpoint as well. Joe Silva...make it happen!