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Guillard was able to control the distance in the fight, which was contested entirely on the feet. Guillard scored consistently and moved away before Stephens could answer. But Stephens landed the harder shots through out the fight.
Guillard came in winging a wild overhand that Stephens ducked and counted with a hard right that dropped Guillard briefly. Melvin was more cautious for the rest of the round, bobbing in and out scoring with kicks and punches.
In the second, Guillard again controlled the distance but Stephens landed a sharp right. A low blow by Guillard allowed Stephens to take a brief break. He followed with a low blow of his own that forced Guillard to take a break of his own. Stephens landed a hard counter punch to welcome Guillard back to the action. Then he baited Guillard into trading and came out ahead. Guillard continued to move in and out, landing and making Stephens miss. But Jeremy began to land with leg kicks.
Their respective corners took very different approaches to their advice before the final round. Guillard's coach Greg Jackson was very calm and reaffirming where Stephen's coach cursed and yelled.
The third round got off to a slow start and a restless crowd. Guillard again controlled range and both men landed kicks. Stephens stunned Guillard with a liver shot and then followed up with a flying knee that a deft Guillard side stepped.
Guillard, a veteran of season two of The Ultimate Fighter, came in on a two fight win streak and was 4-1 in his most recent UFC run. Stephens brought in his own two fight win streak and a UFC record of 5-3.