These two Lightweights both come in as Ultimate Fighter veterans, but look to be on very divergent tracks. Guillard is on the way up, finally realizing the potential fans have seen in him for some time. He's closing in on a title shot. Lauzon was just outside the title hunt a few years ago, but has slipped outside the top ranks in recent fights. He'll have the chance to get back on track in a big way here.
How do these two stack up?
Guillard: 28 years old | 5'9" | 71" reach Lauzon: 27 years old | 5'10" | 70" reach
Melvin Guillard was introduced to fans as a loud-mouthed youngster on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter. Guillard fought extensively on the southern regional circuit before coming to the UFC. He went 3-2 in his first 5 UFC fights, then was suspended for testing positive for cocaine. In mid-2009 he mounted a real comeback to the UFC and has gone 6-1 since. He now trains with Greg Jackson, and looks the best he has in his career.
Joe Lauzon was brought in to the UFC in 2006 as a can for the returning Jen Pulver to smash. That didn't happen, as Lauzon upset Pulver in just 47 seconds. After a stint on The Ultimate Fighter season 5, Lauzon earned some good wins and began main eventing Fight Night shows. After a solid 5-1 UFC record, Lauzon missed almost a year of action in 2009, and is just 2-2 since coming back. He's definitely been lost in the tough Lightweight shuffle, and needs to find some consistent wins.
Why should you care?
For Guillard especially, this is a major step towards a title shot, while Lauzon will desperately fight to spoil that rise. Both men always bring excitement as well - 6 of Lauzon's last 7 have won a bonus, and Guillard is always capable of ending a fight with the Knockout of the Night. Should be a good one here.
More Bloody Elbow coverage of UFC 136 after the jump.
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