Melvin Guillard currently holds an overall MMA record of 22-8-2 and has won five out of nine fights in the UFC. Unfortunately for Guillard, he lost four of those nine UFC fights all by way of submission.
At the UFC Fight Night 19 main event, Guillard completely dominated Diaz during their stand-up battle. As soon as their fight went to the ground during the second round, Diaz was able to quickly lock in a guillotine choke which forced Guillard to tap out. It was due to his last loss that Guillard decided to work with some of the best ground experts in the game. The first person that came to mind on his list was Joe ‘Daddy’ Stevenson. Guillard has been training with Stevenson over at Greg Jackson’s camp and now he seems a lot more confident with his ground game. A well-rounded Guillard means more competition in the UFC lightweight division.
Guillard is now training for his upcoming UFC 109 fight against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Ronnys Torres
From Melvin Guillard:
“I’ve been talking with Coach Greg for a while about coming up. Me and Joe Stevenson have been hanging out a lot and he just kept telling me that it’s a great camp to come to. I knew it would be the best place in the world for me because his training speaks for itself, so I ended up coming here and they made me a part of the team…. They’re teaching me ways of not only weathering the storm, but of creating problems for guys in their own element….. Now I’m not as worried anymore (about facing a grappler) because I’m training with the best guys in the world, and just having Joe in my corner has built up my confidence a whole lot. He submits me all the time, but Joe just has that vice grip – once he’s on you, he’s on you. And even with my explosiveness, I have my times when I can get away from him, and it just comes from training. As long as I keep learning and my confidence keeps growing, I’m gonna continue to fight whoever they put in front of me. It doesn’t matter if its jiu-jitsu guys or standup guys, the good thing about jiu-jitsu guys is that it gives me a chance to get a knockout of the night bonus. That’s kinda how I’m coming into this next fight. I’m gonna be very explosive and I’m just gonna unload everything I’ve got on this guy… I feel that I’m putting things together. I made Albuquerque my new home for training, and I’m just gonna take it one day and one step at a time, and I know that I’m gonna be a better fighter by the end of this year. Just being here gives me all the confidence in the world and lets me know what I need to do to be successful. I think 2010 is gonna be a really good year for me, and hopefully by 2011, I should be getting a title shot.”