Melvin Guillard Done Playing Nice, Gunning for Rematch with Joe Lauzon

February 23, 2012
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Melvin Guillard is gunning for a fight and his sights are targeted on one person: Joe Lauzon.

Guillard and Lauzone met last year at UFC 136, and the end result was Lauzon snatching a rear naked choke and finishing the fight early in the first round.

Now, the former Ultimate Fighter season 2 cast member is fired up after reading some comments from Lauzon as he prepared for his fight at UFC 144 in Japan against Anthony Pettis.

“Lately on my Twitter some posts have been popping up and I’m like what the hell is this? So I’m looking and next thing I know it’s people talking about Joe Lauzon hit the nail on the head, he was right, so I went in and read the article and all of a sudden he’s blasting me talking about he slapped me and he choked me out, and Melvin’s going around telling everybody I got lucky,” Guillard told on Wednesday.

“I never said the dude got lucky. I said it was a good fight, I always gave Joe Lauzon the respect that was due, and I thought he was the better guy that day. Did I think the fight was a fluke on my part? Yeah, the fight was a fluke on my part, but I never took anything from him. So I guess he misinterpreted what I said.”

Misinterpreted or not, Guillard is now angry at the fact that Lauzon is coming after him in the press, and so he’s firing back.

“The new me, I’m trying to be respectful and handle it the right way, but at this point right now I’m kind of fed up with it. The old me is about to come out on Joe Lauzon. He’s about to take Rich Clementi’s place of being that guy that I just don’t like,” Guillard said.

“I’m sitting here and I’m being a good sport about my losses. The Jim Miler fight, Jim Miller had nothing bad to say, he said nothing but great things about me, he respected my skills and I respected his. For me, I feel disrespected because I’ve done nothing but talk Joe Lauzon up, even when a lot of interviews and fight analysts were still not giving him the credit that was due saying that 9 out of 10 times he would win that once, and I would win the other nine. So people were bashing him and it wasn’t even me, and I’m standing up for him saying that Joe Lauzon is a top competitor, he can be in the top five, top ten or whatever. Now he’s blasting out at me and I have not said anything bad towards Joe Lauzon.”

Guillard clarified his comments about the fight with Lauzon, looking back in a reflective manner to point the finger at his own undoing. He says it wasn’t about disrespecting Lauzon’s skills, but taking responsibility for what he did wrong on that day.

“When I talked about our fight I talked about how I made mistakes and because of my mistakes he capitalized,” Guillard stated. “That’s what this game is about, that’s what this sport is about. When two guys are paired in equal styles and Joe Silva makes those matches, I don’t see myself coming in and bulldozing anybody in my division. I respect all these guys at 155, even the newcomers. Even if you have a little bit of fight in you, you’re a tough guy, and I respect that.”

The damage is done however in Guillard’s mind so he’s got one mission right now and it’s to get a rematch with Joe Lauzon to prove what kind of fighter he truly is.

“In the 10 losses I have in my MMA career, I haven’t rematched anyone I’ve lost to. Not once, I’ve never really cared for rematches because I felt they won, now I’ll move on. Right now, I’m at the point where this fight means something to me, I have something to prove against Joe Lauzon, so this is a rematch I’m asking for,” said Guillard.

Guillard will be watching UFC 144 with a special interest in the fight between Joe Lauzon and Anthony Pettis because to put it bluntly, he wants Lauzon to lose and then fight him later this year.

“Right now, I’m looking to watch the fights in Japan and I’m praying that he loses to (Anthony) Pettis because I want a rematch against Joe Lauzon. I don’t want to fight nobody next but Joe Lauzon,” Guillard said.

“I don’t even care how it goes, I just want to see Pettis win and I want an immediate rematch with Joe Lauzon. Hopefully, I can get that rematch by fourth of July in Vegas.”

If Guillard doesn’t get his wish to face Lauzon for his next fight, he’s ready to prove that he’s still an elite lightweight against whoever the unlucky foe happens to be.

The New Orleans native has been working tirelessly with his new team at the Blackzilians to shore up his jiu-jitsu game, and become a more complete fighter. Guillard promises when he comes back, he’s not asking for respect any longer.

He’s going to take respect by any means necessary.

“I hope it happens but if it don’t, I feel sorry for whoever I fight next. I can still be the good Melvin, the good ambassador for the sport, but a little part of the old me is starting to want to come out. I’m tired of just being nice to these guys, I try to be nice, not befriend them, but be nice and respectful when I see them around. I feel like I’m being slapped in the face being that guy,” Guillard said.

“So I guess if I want respect from the fighters, I’m going to have to go get it.”

One thing that Guillard does want to make perfectly clear however is that despite his change in demeanor and attitude towards opponents in the cage, his behavior outside the cage won’t be affected.

Throughout his career, Guillard has battled personal demons and he’s gone through many changes to exorcise them over the past few years. If the old Melvin Guillard is back, it’s only about his fighting style, not in what he’ll be doing outside the Octagon.

“For the record, I’m not going to go out there and start acting like a dumbass, and acting stupid outside the cage. I’m still going to be the ambassador for the sport that I was destined to be, but when it comes to other fighters, I don’t care. I’m not their friend. I’m not going to be anyone’s friend,” Guillard said emphatically.

“But all this being friends and being nice to the guys that I’m going to fight, to hell with that. I’m going to have to strike fear into the hearts of all the 155’ers. Anybody who thinks they’re going to catch my back again and choke me out, they’ve got another thing coming.”

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  • sc_b2d2b36387de52b16ba60677030f554e

    Following the interview, the interviewer took Melvin’s back and choked him out.

    • TKD


  • kylesmith

    Melvin, this would all be a non-issue if you would just learn some BJJ. Next to Sonnen, you’re the most easily-submitted fighter in MMA.

  • CSTryan

    I find it humorous that Melvin Guillard would consider his loss to Lauzon a fluke. It isn’t like he hasn’t been submitted in the last 8 fights he’s lost. I’d call getting KO’d by Lauzon a fluke.

    Joe Lauzon submits people, Melvin Guillard gets submitted by people. There is a simple formula to beating Guillard and it works like clockwork. Just ask Jim Miller.

    Now, don’t get me wrong. On the feet, the tables are absolutely turned and Guillard has a distinct advantage, but until he can show that he knows how to defend against submissions, I suspect that he can fight Joe Lauzon as many times as he wants, and the outcome will be the same.

    Melvin Guillard is the home-run hitter who never learned to hit a curveball.

  • johnnylopes

    Joe Lauzon is the most underrated fighter in the LW Division… after he gets threw Pettis he should b gettin one more fight beforea title shot if not a #1 contender fight. UFC does an awful job marketing him

    • Prodigy815

      Are you for real? Joe Lauzon is a gatekeeper at best.

      • RonnieV

        I concur, I always thought Nate Diaz was the gatekeeper between good lightweights & contenders. But I now put Lauzon & Cerrone in that category.

  • TKD

    Hey, Damon…”Melvin Guillard Done Playing Nice”????????????? WTF? How about he tries being a winner in a fight before he starts trying to be anything else? What journalism…

  • philmckracken

    Jackson was teaching him class and making him a better fighter. Short time with Blackzillians and old Melvin be coming out.

  • MikeHunt

    Shuddap Melvin. You were finished in the first round. Wasn’t a close decision or a freak injury that might make a rematch make sense. Get back in line and win some fights if you can. Probably not.

  • TKD

    “I’m going to have to strike fear into the hearts of all the 155′ers. Anybody who thinks they’re going to catch my back again and choke me out, they’ve got another thing coming.”

    I think he’s been choked out a few too many times already. He thinks he is still relevant…

  • MikeMc1983

    I don’t know if people remember the fight, but Melvin didn’t get submitted by joe because he had weak jitz. Joe caught him standing and hurt him bad. Then he took advantage of a “knocked silly” Melvin.
    Melvin gets respect at 155lbs. It’s not like anyone’s wanting to fight him. He’s one of the very few guys at 155lbs that is a serious threat to finish a fight at anytime. He has weakness, but no one else at that weight has his finishing ability, and no one is calling him out.

  • What a bitch shut da hell up n win some fights who can take a blond hair guy serious.. Lol

  • Towers66

    His fights are some of the most entertaining in the sport. He has some ground issues but Lauzon dropping him before the choke didnt help his chances either. He was rocked. I think he still is a major threat to the division and Lauzon if the rematch happened. He’ll win his next fight for sure.

  • browill70

    Delusional. If he beats Lauzon in the re-match is he going to be the number one contender again? What happens if Guillard gets choked out again? Another re-match? Try learning a ground game.

  • dgs

    Melvin, it’s more like nine out of 10 times Joe would beat you, not the other way around. Joe has too many tools. Just like I hate the one-dimensional wrestlers stinking up the sport, I also hate pure strikers with little to no take-down defense or submission defense, of which you are Melvin.

  • Prodigy815


  • andthenisaid

    First off, SC…freakin hilarious comment! I am going to do this, I am going to do that, I want a title shot. I am so good, I am going to do this. Watch out now, whoever my next opponent is…..i am going to try and knock you out. Hey Melvin, I know you did not ask me, but here is my advice…stop talking about how great you are, how mad you are, how much you have changed. Start talking about what your hopes and dreams are and how hard you are going to try and realize them. You are an exciting fighter, however a difficult individual to root for. You have already transformed your lifestyle, now it is time to transform your personality. Until that happens, you will be a fighter with very few fans.