by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard lived up to his nickname on the preliminary card at UFC 114 on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
When Waylon Lowe clinched and pressed him to the fence, Guillard responded with two jumping knees that landed. Lowe was persistent in pursuing the takedown, but he paid dearly for it.
Following a brief separating, Lowe shot a double-leg, but Guillard sprawled out and drove a knee into Lowe’s sternum, dropping him hard to his knees. The referee stepped in immediately and stopped the bout.
Guillard celebrated, giving much of the credit to his Jackson’s MMA teammates and coaches before calling out who he hopes will be his next challenge.
“How many of you want to see me fight Jeremy Stephens? That’s the fight I want,” he called out before leaving the Octagon.
Viva la France!
Frenchman Cyrille Diabate nearly saw his UFC dreams go up in smoke when Brazilian fighter Luis Cane dropped him to the mat less than a minute into the fight. He battled back, however, and a minute later unloaded on Cane, dropping him to the mat with a left-right combination and finishing him off with strikes.
Joe Brammer and Aaron Riley went toe-to-toe for the better part of their three-round bout, but it was Riley who maintained control for the better part of the fight. He used the stand-up clinch to work on Brammer with knees to the body then, later in the fight, tripped Brammer to the ground several times. It was a close fight with several good stand-up exchanges, but Brammer couldn’t wrest control away long enough, giving up the unanimous decision to Riley.
Ryan Jensen and Jesse Forbes wasted no time getting UFC 114 off to exciting start, despite few fans even having found their seats yet.
Jensen came out fast, backing Forbes up with a couple straight rights, but was soon dropped to his knees from a Forbes right hand. Forbes charged and drove Jensen to the mat, taking his back and looking for a rear naked choke. Jensen quickly reversed position and locked on a fight ending guillotine choke just over a minute into the opening round.
Preliminary Bouts (Non-Televised):
-Melvin Guillard def. Waylon Lowe by TKO (Knee) at 3:28, R1
-Cyrille Diabate def. Luis Cane by TKO (Strikes) at 2:13, R1
-Aaron Riley def. Joe Brammer by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Ryan Jensen def. Jesse Forbes by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:06, R1