UFC 136 – In Depth: Melvin Guillard vs Joe Lauzon

Preview by: AJ Hoffman

Back when Strikeforce came to Houston last year, we introduced our in depth breakdown format. With UFC 136 approaching, we thought it would be a good idea to roll it out one again and give you an in depth breakdown of all the main card fights to give you an idea what to look for at the Toyota Center on Saturday night.

Melvin Guillard comes back to Houston on a hot streak, and possibly just a fight or two away from a title shot with a win here. Lauzon may be coming into his own and taking the next step, but he will have to avoid the power of “The Young Assassin” if he is going to climb the ranks.

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Melvin Guillard Name Joe Lauzon  
The Young Assassin Nickname J-Lau
5’9″ Height  5’10”
155 Weight 155
29-8-2-1 Record 20-6
Albuquerque, NM Out Of Bridgewater, MA
Shane Roller (W- KO) Evan Dunham (W- TKO)Jeremy Stephens (W – S. Dec) Last Three Fights Curt Warburton (W-Sub)George Sotiropoulous (L- Sub)

Gabe Reudiger (W-Sub)


Not even close. Guillard has the best knockout power in the lightweight division. He is an aggressive striker and over half his wins have come via KO or TKO.


Lauzon isn’t slow, but Guillard’s speed is on another level. Very fast hands and very fast movement in the cage.


Lauzon doesn’t have a wrestling background, and Guillard often uses a quick shot to floor his opponents for ground and pound.


This one is actually a lot closer than you would expect, as Lauzon has shown effective in the clinch. That said, if you are in range for Guillard to put his hands on you, you are too close.


Lauzon’s biggest advantage in this fight. He possesses very slick submissions, which have been Guillard’s Achille’s Heel throughout his career.


To be fair, Guillard rarely has to go longer than a round or two. His all-out style usually leaves him gasping if it goes to the late rounds.


Joe Lauzon via Submission


This is an extremely tough fight to call. The safe pick would be Guillard, but against a good submission guy I can easily see him making a mistake that gets him tapped out. Guillard has a history of getting close to title contention and losing a fight he shouldn’t. I vote it is this one.