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Melvin Guillard vs Shane Roller at UFC 132 in Vegas

Best80smovieRAD2011-03-17 02:15:57 +0000 #1
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Melvin Guillard (27-8-2 MMA, 9-3 UFC) has another hurdle to clear before he breaks into the role of lightweight title challenger.

"The Young Assassin" meets recent knockout artist Shane Roller (10-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 132, which is expected to take place July 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

The UFC today announced the bout. It's unknown if Guillard vs. Roller will air on the pay-per-view event's main card.

Guillard made a claim for a title shot following his impressive second-round TKO of division standout Evan Dunham this past January at "UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fights for the Troops 2."

After refocusing his life and career to rack up four consecutive victories, Guillard said the time is now to step into the spotlight.

"I don't even like waiting three months to fight to be honest with you," he said following his win. "I'd like to fight again on the (Feb. 5) Vegas card that's coming up for the Super Bowl, if you guys have a spot for me – hint, hint, wink, wink.

"I'm going to make my run. This is my dream, my legacy. At the end of the day, I'll have a great story to tell someday when I'm an old man. I have a legacy to fulfill, and that's part of my legacy to fulfill. I will get that belt."

But Guillard needs to get past at least one more fighter before that happens, and Roller is next on his list. The Team Takedown original also has revamped his career with back-to-back wins that include a highlight-reel knockout of Thiago Tavares earlier this month at UFC on Versus 3. Previously, Roller sent former WEC champ Jamie Varner packing from Zuffa LLC employment with a first-round submission win in the lighter-weighted promotion's final show, WEC 53.

Those wins eased the sting of a third-round submission loss to Anthony Pettis at WEC 50 that halted his rise to lightweight-title contention.


bhorrrr2011-03-17 02:30:54 +0000 #2
the lw division is so stacked that being top 5 or 10 is a prize in itself.

i mean, it's true that being top 5 or 10 at any skill at any weight in the world is an amazing accomplishment, but.. yea. you guys get what i mean.

it's getting to a point where it's not "the champion and the rest", it's just "group a" and "the rest".
BoBBo!2011-03-17 02:36:30 +0000 #3
Although highlight reel worthy, I was not impressed by Roller's wins over either Tavares or Varner. His greatest skill may be resiliency but that still didn't stop Showtime from locking in the triangle with seconds to go in their fight.

Guillard will use sprawl and brawl to T/KO Roller pretty easily. I don't see Roller sustaining the power that Melvin brings.
Tallica19812011-03-17 03:16:57 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by BoBBo!

Although highlight reel worthy, I was not impressed by Roller's wins over either Tavares or Varner. His greatest skill may be resiliency but that still didn't stop Showtime from locking in the triangle with seconds to go in their fight.

Guillard will use sprawl and brawl to T/KO Roller pretty easily. I don't see Roller sustaining the power that Melvin brings.

agreed. I think that about sums it up.
BulldogWrestler2011-03-17 03:40:25 +0000 #5
I would have preferred Melvin vs sherk
Loot2011-03-17 02:54:39 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by BulldogWrestler

I would have preferred Melvin vs sherk

I think that goes for all of us.....including Roller.

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