Originally posted on hov-mma  |  Last updated 7/29/13
Melvin Guillard is supposed to be a champion by now. Put anyone whose never watched a UFC event in a room with every lightweight on the planet and make them point to who they think is likely the champ. Odds are 9 out of 10 of them will point to Melvin Guillard and say, "That guy". He has the it factor. He has the look. He has the tools. He just hasn't been able to put them all together. The substance abuse issues, the greasing, the missing weight, the jumping the gun and blowing fights he should've won, and all of the other theatrics that come along with being Melvin Guillard.  Let's just say it has to be frustrating for the folks who work with him, the folks that know what he's capable of. Melvin Guillard is supposed to be headlining shows. Instead, after a career full of highs and lows, Guillard found himself relegated to preliminary card status against TUF 6 winner Mac Danzig this past Saturday night in the Emerald City. And after dropping four of his last five inside of the octagon, this fight had win or go home written all over it for the NOLA lightweight. The opening round saw Guillard controlling Danzig by utilizing his God given tools and cage veteran smarts to out work, and out patience the always dangerous vegan. Come round it was clear that Guillard was in the proverbial drivers seat. He went for the homerun shot on occasion early on but he didn't get sloppy when he got blocked or came up just a wee bit short. Melvin did what Melvin should always do - he believed that the time would come. It was a nice little left hook that would spell the beginning of the end for Danzig about two and half minutes in. Guillard's opponent on the night would fall to the canvas where he would be gifted with more lethal direct hit shots to the face than any grown man should ever have to take. The referee would come in and save Danzig from further harm and Guillard would earn the 20th KO of his MMA career. Melvin Guillard hurt Mac Danzig. He hurt him bad. It was so bad that Melvin sent out one of those get well, hope you're ok tweets to Danzig the following day. It was so bad that Danzig woke up on the canvas crying, likely having a short nightmare about Melvin Guillard punching his unconscious face in front of just under 8,000 people and collecting a $50K paycheck immediately after. Don't get it twisted, Danzig is as tough as they come and if you look at the accuracy and pure unadulterated violence involved with those final shots you can't fault him for waking up in tears after his septum just got deviated by a freak athlete who possesses the power of Grayskull in his hands. So, what's next for Melvin Guillard? We're looking at a 30-year-old UFC vet of 20 fights who has headlined multiple shows. We're looking at a man coming off an impressive KO of the night performance who is 6-4 over his last 10 bouts. Well, somewhere in Hilo, Hawaii there is a former 2-division champion that just got one of his records broken. Up until UFC on FOX 8 the record for most KO/TKO victories inside of the 155 pound division was shared by Melvin Guillard and B.J. Penn. That changed when Guillard put Danzig to sleep with authority in Seattle. Guillard now finds himself in sole possession of this record, and the magic number is 7. B.J. Penn is currently in one of those so-called retirement phases. Don't kid yourself folks, he'll be back for at least one more. Of course this depends on how that one more goes. That one more (at least) should come against Melvin Guillard. That one more should be a headliner on a free TV card. That one more would put asses in the seats, on bar stools, and in front of television sets. This would be the ultimate fight for the fans; one that would reward the folks that have been watching the sport since the inception of the 155 lb. division. There would be no hardware on the line but you could still say that this fight would decide who the baddest lightweight on the planet is. While there are plenty of other options out there right now for Guillard coming off this explosively patient KO victory this is the only one that I'm currently clamoring for. Who do you guys believe should be next for the UFC's resident 'Young Assassin'?
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