Rafael dos Anjos and Melvin Guillard walked away from the Octagon with wins on Saturday night, besting their opponents with brutal knockouts on the Spike TV broadcast of the UFC 132 prelims.
Dos Anjos scored an impressive knockout in the opening round over George Sotiropoulos, while Guillard did what he could to match his fellow Spike prelim winner with a first-round knockout over Shane Roller.
Both Sotiropoulos and dos Anjos came out very aggressive, trading shots and flurries, but it was dos Anjos that would land the biggest shot. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt launched a right hand that sent the Australian crashing down the to mat, signaling the referee to step in right away. The fight didn’t even get out of the first minute before it was over, as the knockout was recorded at 0:59 of the opening frame.
Dos Anjos was ecstatic after his win, to say the least, and talked about how he went to Singapore to improve his Thai boxing.
“I came from a long (way) in Singapore,” dos Anjos said after the knockout win. “And (I) improved my boxing, also.”
Melvin Guillard came out the gates strong in his fight, pressing Shane Roller with strikes and showing impressive speed against the wrestler. After an inadvertent eye-poke by Guillard, the fight continued, but not for much longer. Guillard landed an uppercut, followed by a left hook that dropped Roller. After getting back up, Roller ate a Guillard knee while in the clinch, then Guillard landed a one-two combo that put Roller down once again. With his opponent on his back, Guillard finished off the fight with some ground-and-pound at 2:12 of the opening round.
“I feel great right now,” Guillard said after the fight. “I (have a) lot of feelings and emotions running right now because my whole life, I battled so much. Now, I’m coming back to the top of my game, my life is in order. This is a great feeling to feel like this.”
Both fighters made their cases for “Knockout of the Night” and certainly made some waves in the lightweight division. Guiillard earned his fifth win in a row, while dos Anjos gets back in the winning track after losing his last fight against Clay Guida.