While Pettis locks horns with Lauzon this weekend at UFC 144, Melvin Guillard has set his sights back on the Massachusetts’ fighter stemming from what he feels is gross disrespect on the part of “J-Lau”. The two faced off in October where Lauzon pulled off what many felt was an upset by finishing Guillard early in the bout.
Guillard lashed out at Lauzon in a recent interview with MMAWeekly where he explained he’ll be pulling for Pettis on Saturday night in hopes of getting a second shot at the 21-6 grappler.
“I never said the dude got lucky. I said it was a good fight, I always gave Joe Lauzon the respect that was due, and I thought he was the better guy that day. Did I think the fight was a fluke on my part? Yeah, the fight was a fluke on my part, but I never took anything from him,” he responded on the topic of some public statements from Lauzon questioning Guillard’s abilities and demeanor relating to their previous pairing.
“In the ten losses I have in my MMA career, I haven’t rematched anyone I’ve lost to. Not once, I’ve never really cared for rematches because I felt they won (and) now I’ll move on. Right now, I’m at the point where this fight means something to me, I have something to prove against Joe Lauzon, so this is a rematch I’m asking for,” Guillard continued, saying Lauzon had replaced Rich Clementi as a peer his genuinely dislikes.
“I hope it happens but if it don’t, I feel sorry for whoever I fight next. I can still be the good Melvin, the good ambassador for the sport, but a little part of the old me is starting to want to come out. I’m tired of just being nice to these guys, I try to be nice, not befriend them, but be nice and respectful when I see them around. I feel like I’m being slapped in the face being that guy,” concluded Guillard. “So I guess if I want respect from the fighters, I’m going to have to go get it.”
“The Young Assassin” holds an overall record of 29-10 with nineteen TKOs but has been submitted in two consecutive clashes including against Lauzon and Jim Miller.
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