First, BJ Penn and Carlos Condit basically put their bout for a UFC event in October together via Twitter. Now some jawing between Melvin Guillard and Joe Lauzon has landed the two lightweights in a fight on the UFC 136 fight card on Oct. 8 in Houston. Lauzon confirmed the fight in a blog post on Friday.
The aforementioned jawing began with Guillard calling out Lauzon on MMAWeekly.com.
“I don’t want to try to throw a name out there, but I was thinking maybe I could ask them to fight Joe Lauzon,” Guillard said. “Right now technically nobody else is available, he already fought and walked away with a submission of the night victory, he didn’t take any damage in his last fight so maybe he’ll want to take the fight.”
Lauzon was only happy to respond, which prompted a call from the UFC brass.
“Yesterday, I got a call from Joe Silva saying that Melvin and I were making his job easy and that if I wanted the fight, he thought it would be exciting,” Lauzon posted. “I told him again, anything he wants. While no contracts have been signed, verbal agreements have been made.
“Melvin challenged. I accepted.”
Guillard (29-8-2) is currently on a five-fight winning streak, including a bone-crushing knockout of Shane Roller at UFC 132 on July 2. He maintains that he is the best 155-pounder in the division.
Lauzon (20-6) was dancing on the bubble in the packed UFC lightweight class, coming off losing two out of three bouts before he submitted Curt Warburton at UFC on Versus 4. It was a dominating performance that put him into what should be a fairly high profile bout with Guillard.
The UFC 136 fight card features a main event pitting lightweight champion Frankie Edgar in a third bout with Gray Maynard.