In the PPV opener at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III, Joe Lauzon upset Melvin Guillard. Guillard came in the heavy favorite, presumed to be on his way to a Lightweight title shot. But Joe Lauzon proved to be the spoiler once again, submitting Guillard in under a minute with a rear naked choke. This loss snaps Guillard's five fight win streak and brings Lauzon's record up to 21-6.
The fight drew a number of comparisons to Joe Lauzon vs. Jen Pulver, and for good reason. In both fights, the pre-fight emphasis was on Lauzon's opponent, with Lauzon seeming to serve as little more than a pause on the way to greater things. But in both fights, Lauzon came up strong, and served to spoil those plans in less than a minute. Against Guillard, Lauzon connected with a punch to drop The Young Assassin, then jumped all over him on the ground, locking on the rear naked choke and working to sink it in. Guillard tapped just 47 seconds into the fight.
What was the high spot of this fight?
The entire ending sequence is great - from Lauzon landing the unlikely knockdown punch, to his excellent ground work to secure the submission.
Where do these guys go from here?
This is a HUGE win for Lauzon, one that rescues him from moderate obscurity in his last few fights and puts him back into the picture. His recent losses will keep him out of the title scene for now, but this should give him a good outing next time. He'd make a great opponent for Anthony Pettis in my opinion.
Guillard finds himself in the same position as George Sotiropolous earlier this year - where everything was pushing towards the top of the division, but then one big loss crashes it all back down. Lightweight is so tough that he'll need some real rebuilding. Perhaps the loser of Dennis Siver vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC 137 would work.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Now. Seriously, it's 47 seconds and features a shock upset submission victory. Just watch it already.
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