This Saturday night at UFC 148, lightweight Melvin Guillard will attempt to avoid the first trio of consecutive losses in his 42-fight career when he faces Fabricio Camoes on the FX-bound portion of the card’s prelims. While Camoes may not necessarily be a household name, he happens to be well-versed in the one area Guillard has struggled with during past pairings – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Nine of Guillard’s ten losses have involved a submission stumble including those coming in his last two outings against Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon. However, this time around Guillard is far more confident in his grappling abilities as he explained in a recent interview.
“I’ve always trained my BJJ, but this fight I am really putting in the time,” began Guillard in a conversation with Five Ounces of Pain, crediting his move to The Blackzilians with his perceived development in the Brazilian artform. “I am not neglecting it like I have with my prior fights. I was spending a lot of my time training my wrestling and stand-up, but I have some of the best coaches in the world here and I’m taking advantage of that now. Nothing against Team Jackson, but here we really have that family environment and it’s made a big difference in my game.”
If Guillard gets by Camoes as expected he’s prepared to face anyone the UFC throws his way.
“Right now I am just taking it one fight at a time. I’ve lost two in a row and I need to win this next one,” explained Guillard. “I’ve told Dana White and Joe Silva I want to fight the best guys in the sport. I’ll fight whomever they put in front of me. I will never say no to a fight. It’s all about guys wanting to fight me and that’s the biggest catch. There are some cats who haven’t wanted to step up to the plate and challenge me. Whether it’s the champion or a guy coming straight off of The Ultimate Fighter I’ll fight anyone. I’m not the type of guy that other fighters are lining up to fight me.”
Fans can catch Guillard-Camoes in the hours leading up to this weekend’s PPV with action kicking off on FX at 7:00 PM EST.
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