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Already Looking Past Melvin Guillard, Donald Cerrone Tells Anthony Pettis to “Quit Crying and Fight Me”

(Guillard discusses his game plan for UFC 150. To summarize it in a word: Kill, kill, kill.) 

Allow me to begin this article with a series of understatements:

-Melvin Guillard hits pretty hard.
-His ground game, however, is somewhat lacking.
-Donald Cerrone has a decent chin, and a slightly better ground game than Melvin Guillard.

Now, whether any of these notions has any influence over your view of how Cerrone vs. Guillard will go down is a moot point. If you were to ask Cerrone how he thinks he will fare against Guillard on Saturday night at UFC 150, however, his response would be something along the line of “Where’s that bitch Anthony Pettis? Tell him to stop ducking me!”

Confused? Well so were we when we heard Cerrone’s recent interview with Inside MMA, where he all but completely disregards the fact that he is fighting one of the most dangerous strikers in the lightweight division this weekend, and instead focused his crosshairs on the former (and final) WEC lightweight champion:

I definitely wanna go after that title, and getting a rematch with Henderson would be an honor. That’d be sweet, for the belt. But, I really wanna fight Anthony Pettis. I want him to quit crying about his hurt shoulder and step up and fight me. I don’t know what I gotta do. Just grab your purse and let’s dance, brother.¬†

If the odds are any indication, Cerrone will handily defeat Guillard on Saturday, most likely by taking him down and submitting him. Specifically, with a rear-naked choke. So maybe Cerrone has the right to look past Guillard. His ground game is so far above that of his opponent that it’s almost laughable, and besides, its not like Guillard has ever been a smart fighter. Just ask Jim Miller. But you know who else had a far superior ground game to Guillard, and was heavily favored to submit him inside of the first round? Evan Dunham, and look how that ended.

The point I’m trying to make is that, although Melvin may never have the all around game that Cerrone¬†possesses, he hits harder than any other fighter in the division, and has pretty great takedown defense when he’s not throwing a barrage of flying knees. Looking past a guy like Guillard is not only foolish, it’s plain dangerous. There is also the issue of Cerrone’s pride, which could lead him to stand and trade with an arguably more lethal striker as it did in the Nate Diaz fight (granted, it’s not like Cerrone was going to take Diaz down and submit him. Just ask Jim Miller.).

Then again, Cerrone is fresh off a brilliant performance against Jeremy Stephens, another hard-hitting but limited striker who poses many of the same threats as Guillard, at UFC on FUEL 3. Cerrone basically turned Stephens into ground meat in their three round, one-sided slugfest, but does anyone else feel he is making a fatal mistake by already setting his sights on another opponent with a guy like Guillard still in the picture?

-J. Jones

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blaphtome- August 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm
Guillard will likely lose standing or on the ground. Cerrone is a tough fight for anyone and the last thing Melvin wants is a tough fight. He doesn't deal well with adversity; if his talent doesn't give him a major advantage he typically folds, which is what will almost certainly happen here.
Deleca- August 8, 2012 at 9:56 am
I usually would agree that it's too cocky, but I really think Cerrone will back up his words.
Grandmas Nutmeg- August 8, 2012 at 8:05 am
Cerrone is not the hillbilly Chael P. Sonnen, he needs to concentrate on teachin this Gillard fella he don't belong in the white man's sport.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 7, 2012 at 10:38 pm
I want an orderly contest of flying knees only, nothing else, like a rochambeau contested with the face.
Pen Fifteen- August 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm
Doesn't Cerrone mean that he wants a second rematch against Bendo? Last I checked, he was already 0-2 against the champ. Ask Josh Koscheck or Rich Franklin how that's working out for them.
Get Off Me- August 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm
Price looks nice on Melvin. Guillard looked like a new fighter on the ground in his last fight and actually fought with a gameplan...particularly ironic since he no longer trains with Jackson the master game planner who couldn't get Guillard to follow a gameplan his whole career at Jackson MMA. Guillard with the blackzilians may surprise us and Cerrone may make the same mistakes as he did against Diaz by not taking the fight down to the ground...chances are Guillard has another advantage in his favor of knowing Jackson's training style with Cerrone opposed to Cerrone never having seen what Guillard has done with the blackzilians in a training camp.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm
I think Cerrone's going to choke him out with a kimura like that Nan Flam guy
MonsterMaulingAss- August 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm
Should be a war on the feet so long as melvin keeps his hands up. Im rooting for guillard but i feel like hes gonna slip and end up giving cerrone the sub.