Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner Added to TUF 16 Finale in Las Vegas

November 2, 2012
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Melvin Guillard at UFC 119Two exciting lightweights have been matched up for the TUF 16 Finale, as Melvin Guillard is set to square off with former WEC champion Jamie Varner.

UFC officials announced the pairing late Thursday evening.

Always exciting in the cage, Melvin Guillard returns to action in December looking to improve upon his recent 1-3 record in the Octagon. Following a run that saw him almost reach title contention, Guillard dropped back-to-back fights before picking up a win over Fabricio Camoes at UFC 148.

Guillard made a quick turnaround and almost defeated former teammate Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, but wound up on the wrong end of a first-round knockout when Cerrone battled back from the brink of defeat.

Now Guillard will face former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner, with both fighters looking for victory.

Varner made an impressive return to the UFC by knocking out young phenom Edson Barboza back in May, before losing to Joe Lauzon in a “Fight of the Year” candidate at UFC on Fox 4 in August.

Varner will look to add Guillard’s name to his resume when he meets him at the TUF 16 Finale in December.

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  • Darin

    I’m liking the new Varner but if he can’t choke out Guillard in the first round he should probably be cut.

    • oface scrillionaire

      Why should varner be cut? He had an amazing upset ko win in Barboza who was probably two fights away from a title shot. Then has a fight of the year candidate with Joe Lozan who is another top lightweight in the world, which he took on short notice. Now he’s facing Melvin Guillard another top lightweight who is super dangerous which could easily be the fight of the night again. Fans like you are the reason john Fitch hump jobs are the norm in mma. Support fighters who bring it every time. I rather watch Chris litel lose 100 times vs watching Jon Fitch win once.

      • Darin

        Fans like me? No, EVERYONE chokes out Melvin. My semi-joke point was that if an experienced, well rounded fighter like Varner can’t do it there is no hope for him.
        Again, it was a joke. I used to hate Varner when he was WEC champ, but he has earned my respect with his UFC revival.
        And speaking of Jon Fitch, I thought he looked awesome in his last fight with Erik Silva.

  • Jason Decipher

    Exciting fighters shouldn’t get released just because they lose. I coul understand if they were lopsided losses

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    Varners fight with Lauzon was awesome. I don’t see Guillard losing by submission in this fight. It’s not that he sucks on the ground, he’s been submitted by some of the best fighters/grapplers out there. He always come explosive though so it’s always great to watch him.