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Melvin Guillard vs Shane Roller set for UFC 132

JKhrome12011-04-01 03:24:42 +0000 #1
Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller set for UFC 132 in Las Vegas

by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Mar 14, 2011 at 6:05 pm ET



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 first-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.

For more on UFC 132, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.

(Pictured: Melvin Guillard)


Red Tex2011-04-01 03:30:45 +0000 #2
What a lame match up. What the hell is this?

Why couldn't they set up a match up with G-SOT or with Siver for Guillard? If Guillard is going to be looked at as a potential contender he needs to be fighting top guys. Shit, how about putting him against Henderson even?

This is gay.
Crow_Time2011-04-01 03:50:36 +0000 #3
Guillard already starched Siver.

But yeah stupid fight for sure.
HISTORY2011-04-01 04:00:37 +0000 #4
What?

A bit lame matchmaking there. I think it should be Guillard .vs. something like the winner of Bocek/Bendo, Dennis Siver rematch, or Jim Miller if he beats Shalorus.

Shane Roller's standup looked awful despite winning. He won't catch Guillard like he did to Tavares, no way.
HISTORY2011-04-01 04:58:09 +0000 #5
Quote:

Originally Posted by Red Tex



What a lame match up. What the hell is this?

Why couldn't they set up a match up with G-SOT or with Siver for Guillard? If Guillard is going to be looked at as a potential contender he needs to be fighting top guys. Shit, how about putting him against Henderson even?

This is gay.

I notice it's a huge trend with bad lightweight matchups in the UFC.

Jim Miller .vs. Shalorus, etc.

It makes me wonder how the hell they are going to give these guys title shots or even build them up properly for a title shot.
Crow_Time2011-04-01 03:50:30 +0000 #6
Should have been Miller vs Guillard for a title shot IMO.

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