In Team vs. Team Debate, Melvin Guillard Believes the Blackzilians Win Just About Every Time

August 10, 2012
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As soon as the co-main event for UFC 150 was announced, Melvin Guillard knew there would be a thousand questions thrown his way about fighting former training partner Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.

The pair trained together at Team Greg Jackson for the better part of two years, but after Guillard split and moved to Florida to join the Blackzilians, it almost seemed inevitable that he would run into a former teammate at some point in the future.

Just about everybody was looking for some sort of dramatic, emotional turmoil between the two former teammates to build a storyline around their fight at UFC 150, but both Guillard and Cerrone are happy to disappoint.

There’s no fake animosity or bad feelings between the two fighters, and as soon as they were matched up a quick call was made and they agreed to give the fans the best possible fight they could.

“I’m happy to fight my buddy. A lot of people think that’s crazy but me and Cowboy are actually very happy about this fight and we both feel like this is a fight that can catapult hopefully one of us into title contention,” Guillard told MMAWeekly Radio prior to the fight.

It’s been over a year since Melvin Guillard was training full time at Greg Jackson’s gym in New Mexico, but he still has the utmost respect for his former team and coaches. Still, since joining his new team in Florida, the former Ultimate Fighter season 2 competitor has picked up quite a few new tricks and that’s what he’s most excited to show off on Saturday night.

“This fight happened at the right time as far as style wise, I’ve been able to work with Henri (Hooft) for half a year now, my kickboxing is second to none right now. No disrespect to coach Mike Winkeljohn, he was a great coach as well, but the way I’m training now, I’m able to take those kicks, I’m able to take certain punches, but I’m also giving it right back,” Guillard stated.

“My style’s a little bit different, but it hasn’t taken anything away from my style that got me where I am today. It just made me a little bit more of a meaner guy.”

The meaner attitude along with a slew of top training partners including former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and multi-time kickboxing champion Tyrone Spong have upped his game tremendously over the last few months.

Guillard believes this is a newer, improved version of the fighter that they started to build at Jackson’s MMA, but now with a much deadlier arsenal.

He’s not taking anything away from his former teammates and coaches, but Guillard believes his new team at the Blackzilians have reached a new peak when it comes to performance at fight time.

“I haven’t trained with those guys since last year and since I’ve been here with coach Henri Hooft, my Dutch kickboxing coach, my kickboxing is second to none right now. I have some of the world’s best kickboxers and MMA fighters on my team,” said Guillard.

“I know if we had put team vs. team like a dual meet in wrestling, I’m pretty sure that my team that I’m with now would take just about every fight.”

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  • phrankthetank

    Worry about Cerrone before you take on a whole camp

  • smill0313

    Rashad is the only Blackzilian fighter that I would not bet against.

  • pooby

    Just like Evans beat Jones…wait…

  • andthenisaid

    This is the same ol Melvin. Blah blah blah I am an improved fighter blah blah blah title shot blah blah blah blah blah blooooh eeehk gruuh (tap from rear naked)

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  • mma fanatic1982

    Dont knock a guy for being confident. I love cowboy but cowboy is cocky too, u cant be a fighter and not believe u the best! Lets wait and see how he does against.cowboy before we talk crap.about him, and if he does win then he is def worthy of respect. And to say oh rear naked like its that easy to get him, remeber one of those guys was joe l, and joe is a beast esp on the ground! This should be a FUN fight to watch!

    • phrankthetank

      Joe also dropped the striker with a punch before choking him out

    • andthenisaid

      I already waited until he lost to Lauzon to talk crap about him….at least I think I did. It doesn’t seem fair or even remotely realistic for you to request that I don’t talk crap about him. All I can say is that I will try my best not to talk any more crap about him until after the fight. I am sorry if I hurt your feelings.

  • He says he is better because he’s really improved his kickboxing. Yes, Melvin, throwing kicks is what is going to help you keep from getting put on your back and submitted…TRAIN SOME JIU-JITSU

  • Right, because its Melvin’s kickboxing that needs work… Not his JJ…

    Blackzilians win in training every time. Come fight time, not so much. These guys are all gifted, which makes me think they formed their own camp so they can slack off, rather than be pushed to the limit.

  • markrenton

    Melvin makes some silly comments, but I still have respect for the way he and Cowboy have handled this fight. This is an identical situation to Rashad and Jones, yet Guillard didnt bad mouth Jackson or Cowboy. This is a sport where you are paid to fight and it’s nice to see these two handling it like men. Should get a great fight.

  • omcclave

    Evans vs Jones= Jackson
    Stann vs Santiago= Jackson
    Cowboy vs Guillard= ?

    Looks like Jackson may be a clean sweep.

  • So they are good at excersize…congrats Melvin and the Blackzillians…Rio 2016 is only 4 years away! I think if the right Melvin Guillard shows up this could be a GREAT fight!

    My only question is their name…lots of black…but not a (bra)zillian amoungst them…