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Melvin Guillard: ‘I’m Like a Wireless Robot and My Cornermen Hold the Joystick’

(Apparently up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start makes Melvin hop the cage and start yelling profanities.)

One of the most impressive performances from Saturday nights’ Fight for the Troops II card was logged by Melvin Guillard, who took out fast-rising lightweight Evan Dunham in emphatic fashion with a first round TKO, garnering him "Knockout of the Night" honors in the process.

We had Melvin on last week’s episode of The Bum Rush Radio Show and he had some interesting things to say about the affect of his move to Team Jackson, his plans for 2011, his desire to be on TUF again and how overrated he thinks Kenny Florian is.

Check out what the self-dubbed "More Mature Assassin" had to say after the jump.


On how much training in Albuquerque with Team Jackson has helped his career:
"I credit, really, 90 percent [of my recent success to my move to Team Jackson]. When you really look at it I come from a great team with great coaching staff; everybody is family and it’s felt like a family since I came here. I actually spend more time with them than I do with my real family. As far as my performance in the cage and everything, I give all that to my coaches. My last three fights I listened so well to my cornermen, when they call something, I just pull the trigger. It’s like having a wireless robot. I’m the robot and they got the joystick. That’s kind of how I treat it. I give a lot of credit for my success, not only to the coaches, but also to all the guys in the gym who help me get better. We all help each other and we feed off each other’s energy."

On why he decided to turn his life around after his hard-partying ways threatened his career:
"One day I just decided that if I keep it up, I’m gonna throw away my life and  my dream. Ever since I was 14 I wanted to fight in the UFC. I fought in the UFC at the age of 20. It was a dream come true a lot sooner than I expected. I just realized that I got so many people — the fans, my boss — people that care about me who want to see me do well, and it would be selfish of me to go out and throw my life away and keep it in the gutter when I have control over everything I’ve done.

On whether or not he would go back and do TUF again if given the choice:
"Hell yeah! I’ve asked Dana a couple of times if I could do the show again. He always reminds me, ‘Kid, you’re already a superstar. You’re already past that.’ He keeps it in his mind. Hopefully next time I go on the show I’ll be a coach. There’s other ways for me to go on the show. That’s definitely something I look forward to, but right now my ultimate goal is to win the title belt this year. If I don’t get a title shot this year, I just want to make sure I go undefeated. I have my two goals that I set and I stick to my goals. I just have to put in the work because nobody’s gonna give me anything. I have to work for every inch closer I get to that belt, I have to earn it."

On Dana White’s proclamation that Greg Jackson’s fighters have become boring and overly cautious in recent months:
"He’s the boss. At the end of the day, I can’t change how he feels. If he said that about our camp, that’s how he felt. I’m not here to bash my boss and I’m not here to take sides and bash my team or my coach. We do our jobs in the cage and we get our Ws. Georges St-Pierre’s still holdin’ onto the welterweight belt and guys like me, Clay Guida and Carlos Condit are at the top of the ranks, so we’re doin’ something right. Maybe at the time [he said it] he was upset for some reason and maybe he just felt that way. I don’t know the reason behind it. I never really questioned it. I never really got into a deep discussion about it, but I know that we’re just gonna continue to do our jobs as a team and we’re going to keep on winning fights."

On Kenny Florian’s place in the UFC’s lightweight rankings as a seemingly perennial contender:
"He’s always been right there. I like Kenny a lot. He’s a great fighter. Obviously he hasn’t broke that mental part of his game to get over that little bit of a hump to gain control of the belt. I feel that if he’s had that many chances and he hasn’t won the belt, give somebody else a shot. It’s only fair. I really don’t feel that Kenny Florian is a top contender right now. I really don’t think he should be [ranked] as a top five contender now. You got guys like [Anthony] Pettis and Jim Miller. You got [Donald] Cowboy[Cerrone], who’s my teammate, but he’s still right up there. You got Ben Henderson. There are so many other guys I can fight at 155. I’ll fight Kenny Florian, but to be honest with you, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say he’d be a pretty easy fight for me."

On whether or not he would fight Cerrone:
"I won’t fight Cowboy. I train with him and spar with him every day. I won’t fight anybody that I’m training with out of Jackson’s right now. Not Clay, not Cowboy, not Leonard [Garcia], not anybody. That’s just a loyalty and respect we have as a team and a family. Families aren’t supposed to fight each other and Coach Greg won’t have it either. There’s enough guys out there  for us to fight that we don’t need to fight the guys in our gym. The four or five guys that we have in the gym, we don’t need to fight each other. You’ve got ATT, AKA, Xtreme Couture — you’ve got so many other camps and so many 55ers. Our weight division is so stacked and there’s way too many good match-ups out there for us to fight each other."


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Krazy Kracker- January 25, 2011 at 6:09 am
All of your keyboard kung-fu is very impressive. We were working with Mel back before his fights with Clementi and Stevenson. He knew he needed to work on his ground game even then and to be honest, I think it is his only weakness besides a superman complex when he has someone in trouble. (i.e. Splitting Neer like a piece of wood and getting reckless trying to finish) Apparently his ground game is no joke now and he actually started off as a wrestler. When one talks about a "striker's chance", you should consider he is probably the biggest striker in the game at the moment so doubting him vs anybody is an injustice.
fatbellyfrank- January 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm
give him to Georgie Boy,that would shut him up pretty quick, George will turn him into a pretzel.
And as for fighters not wanting fight guys from their training camp in the UFC, IMO its a heap of shit, UFC competition is about individual acheivement, sure your training partners help, but a fighter is in UFC to progress thru the ranks to title contender. If you have a problem with that and refuse to fight one of your training partners, then back down to the bottom of the ladder you go.
As a certain President of a well known MMA organisation might say, yer fucken fighters, now fucken fight or fuck off.
I did Judo for a while as a teenager and quite often faced guys from our Dojo in tournaments, its par for the course in individual sport, you get put in a weight class and your rankings go with how you perform against your weight class, not your team or people you think you want to fight, the organisers match you up and away you go, no picking, no choosing, see that dude on the other side of the mat, go fight him
Canadian Chronic- January 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm
@RwR

I hear ya, anybody with half decent ground game will have their way w/MG. Remember when Rich Clementi CMGTFO? Where's Rich fighting these days?

Big Problem is not gettin KO'd while trying to drag him down to the ground, fuckin guy is lightning fast, w/a whole lotta boom coiled up in his hands.

IMO any fight w/MG is a case of who gets the first shot/TD in. I cant believe Dunham tried to stand w/him. Thought he woulda pulled a Randy and shot for the toe hold takedown like against fatass fuckface.
eric37- January 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm
i guess none of are court mcgee fans? right he was a meth head and i bet all of cheered for him winning tuf finale. there has been numerous fighter that have overcame some type of addict. most not all still fighting use some type of illegal drug on a day to day bassist. and all of you wanting for sean sherk to fight melvin sherk turned down the fight he quote was " its not a good fight for me" i was standing right there when it was said. i dont blame team jackson for not wanting to fight each other. it is a brotherhood in there and brothers dont fight each other. also there are to many teams out there to fight against. jim miller vs melvin would be a awesome fight. florian has been given chances to fight for the title twice. give some other fighter some chances. florian is now a gatekeeper he dosent belong in the top ten when there are plenty of 155ers that deserve to be up there.
RwilsonR- January 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm
What's the code to get him to snort cocaine?
NinjaVanish- January 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm
Maybe if all these fighters were actually with Jackson since day one I might say its okay not to fight them. Now a days it seems that in addition to skipping whatever camp you are with and training with Jackson you have the exclusive privledge of not fighting most of the high calibur guys in your division.
intercept440- January 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm
fucking amateurs

its up,up,down,down,left,right,left,right, B,A, Select, then start.......sheeesh

Jugger- January 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm
Call me crazy, but I don't see how kicking a team mate's butt in training is any more disrespectful or unloyal than doing so for real. I like how Golden Glory looks at it: It's THEIR JOB TO FIGHT AND ENTERTAIN THE PEOPLE WHO PAY THEIR WAGE.

Golden Glory's idea seems to be: we train hard together and this is our chance to see who's on top in our camp... and get paid to do so.

I see no shame in that. I would have no problem fighting a team mate... testing myself against the guys who know me best.

RwilsonR- January 24, 2011 at 11:42 am
That's actually my point, Videodrome. I'd like to see whether or not Sherk can hold Melvin down. I understand the mmath involved in the equation, but Sherk has a different style than Dunham, and Guillard has shown a lot of weakness off his back in the past. Sherk used to be the king of top control, and I think he still has that in him if he doesn't get into a boxing match. I also think Guilard has a chance to smoke ANY lightweight in the world in those first few minutes, but I want to see how he will do while being dragged deeper into the fight. He has cracked under this pressure in the past, and I think Sherk has a good chance of being able to do this to him. I'm not saying Sherk will win, but I think this fight will help answer some of the questions I have about Guillard. There are guys like Maynard waiting for him at the top, so I'd like to see how he does against a good top control wrestler before he gets a shot at the top.

Also, Pettis vs. Miller would be a great fight. Or Pettis vs. Sotiropolous.
Sniffer-Piffits- January 24, 2011 at 11:31 am
I don't have anything against Melvin. I think he can be a pretty exciting fighter and if he continues to get better (which he claims he is) he will only get more fun to watch. That being said, I think when people start saying stuff about how good they are and how much better they are than someone else you SHOULD throw them in with the big dogs. Give him someone that we don't think he has the skill set to beat. Give him a top 5 guy who should destroy him. Let him have that and say, "Okay, Melvin. Sink or swim..." That would shut some mouths. Not all but some (none of the Diaz circle jerk participants, of course).
O Chan- January 24, 2011 at 10:40 am
Did anyone tell him that there is no such thing as a "Four Star Brigadier General"?
Videodrome_NOW- January 24, 2011 at 10:23 am
Agreed about Miller. He should get Pettis, IMO.
Alty- January 24, 2011 at 10:21 am
i think george sotiropulos would be a good match up
nicey- January 24, 2011 at 10:20 am
This guy is an effing idiot. Cerrone ahead of KenFlo? HIMSELF ahead of KenFLo? Looks like stupid doesnt change.
Videodrome_NOW- January 24, 2011 at 10:19 am
@RWils.
Say Sherk tries to wrestle.......Do you think Sherk could hold Melvin down? I doubt it. Dunham clearly beat Sherk, Melvin completely annihilated Dunham. Me thinks Melvin goes up in competition, not down.
RwilsonR- January 24, 2011 at 10:16 am
^^^ That's why I said I hope Sherk doesn't try to box with him. Sherk relentlessly putting Melvin on his back and trying to pass his guard would be a good test to see how Melvin will do outside of the first couple of minutes of the fight. It might not be the most exciting fight, but I don't want to see Melvin anywhere near a title shot until I see how his newfound game is able to deal with that type of situation.

I think Jim Miller would be a good choice, too, if it weren't a step back for Miller. Miller deserves someone who puts him directly in line for a title shot in his next fight.
Videodrome_NOW- January 24, 2011 at 10:14 am
Shit, I'd like to see Ben Henderson fight Guillard any day.
Videodrome_NOW- January 24, 2011 at 10:10 am
@RWils

I think Sherk is a horrible fight. Sherk's arms are too short, the guy lands like 20% of his shots. Guida same thing. Melvins reach and speed would smoke Sherk. I think Jim Miller would be a better match-up, or George Sotiropoulos.
Seoul Brother- January 24, 2011 at 10:04 am
Maybe if Guillard wasn't such a coked-out loser, he might be as highly regarded as Kenny Florian. Guess he shouldn't have had that 8-Ball, eh?
El Famous Burrito- January 24, 2011 at 10:03 am
@Smitty

LOL. Thanks for keeping the universe in balance.
LOKI- January 24, 2011 at 10:02 am
Well, we know where he learned to knee the head of a grounded apponent.

Sherk is too stupid to ket KO'd be any LW not on a heavy diet of pineapple but i wouldnt mind seein' Kenny twitchin' on the canvas like a dog chasing cars in his dreams.
El Famous Burrito- January 24, 2011 at 10:01 am
He really should change his entrace music to Mr. Roboto.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- January 24, 2011 at 9:57 am
i guess its ok to fight a person from jacksons and then join their camp
Smitty- January 24, 2011 at 9:52 am
Here we go with that "I won't fight anybody in my camp" shit. I'm gonna go whip my brothers ass right now just for that!!!
RwilsonR- January 24, 2011 at 9:51 am
In this interview, Melvin sounds a lot more mature than the coke-snorting jackass he was a few years back.

All I'll say is that while Melvin looked impressive, it is hard to tell whether or not he is any different of a fighter than he has always been. He has always been an extremely dangerous stand-up fighter in the first couple of minutes, with decent enough wrestling to stop a few takedowns. The problem with Melvin is that his submission defense sucks, and even his stand-up starts to slide as he gets easily frustrated and can have questionable cardio if he doesn't roll right through the guy in the first few minutes. So good for him on the win. If he can keep it up, even better for him.

Personally I'd like to see him fight Sherk next. Sherk has a decent chin, and as long as he doesn't try to box the whole time, could really test where the rest of Melvin's game is at.

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