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Originally scheduled for the TUF 16 Finale, Melvin Guillard and Jamie Varner finally got to fight at UFC 155.
Melvin Guillard finally got to get to business on the FX prelims for UFC 155. The Lightweights squared off right in the center of the octagon to start the fight. Guillard threw powerful leg kicks to start the fight. Guillard was looking for the power counter, but Varner made it difficult by staying just out of range. Not a lot of punches landed from either man, but Guillard hit that leg kick at will. Varner jumped in for the double leg and Guillard shrugged it off. Varner went wild at the end of the round with Guillard's back to the fence, he landed a big blow that dropped Melvin for a second.
Melvin went right back to the leg kick to start the second. Varner landed the double leg early. He got back mount in a scramble but Melvin threw him off. Another leg kick followed by a head kick that landed flush. Varner shrugged it off, but he had to feel that one. Varner found success again as Melvin let himself get backed into the cage and followed up with a takedown. Varner landed a big straight right. Some jabs landed by Guillard, but still missed his mark with power punches. Low blow from Varner. Melvin threw a flying knee to the body at the bell.
Guillard turned it up to open the third round, but Varner slowed him down with a failed takedown attempt. Another takedown attempt and he got Melvin down. Varner got control of the head and went for a Peruvian Necktie but was reversed by Guillard. Knee to the body by Melvin as Varner got up. Jamie got another takedown quickly. Another takedown from Varner. Melvin missed an armbar attempt but followed with a reverse. Jamie returned the favor with a sit-out and got right back on top. Crazy action at the end, Melvin hit Varner with a knee to the body, ended up on top in sprawl, Varner stood up with Melvin hanging upside down and dropped right down so Guillard landed on his head.
Jamie Varner got the split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27) over Melvin Guillard.