Melvin Guillard might not have wanted to hear it, but he heard it nonetheless. The criticism came fast and furious after his fast and furious submission loss to Joe Lauzon in October.
The criticism came from fans. It came from Lauzon. And it came from his boss, UFC president Dana White -- which can be the hardest to take of all.
But Guillard didn't posture up and go on the defensive. That, he says, is the difference between the Melvin Guillard who is called on to headline a fight card -- against Jim Miller on Friday's "UFC on FX" in Nashville, Tenn. -- and the Melvin Guillard of four years ago.
"Back then, I would've been (mad) and I probably would've been on the Internet and started mouthing off and saying something back," Guillard said. "I can take a little bit of criticism from people, at times. In the past, I couldn't do that. In the past, if somebody said something to me, I would lash out at them and probably ask them if they want...