Two top lightweights will be looking to bounce back from contendership-killing defeats when Melvin Guillard and Jim Miller meet in the main event of the UFC’s January debut on FX. Both men were on significant winning streaks and appeared destined for a title-shot before slipping up in their most recent outings.
The UFC recently confirmed the match-up through their website.
Guillard had won five in a row entering UFC 136 and was seen as a heavy favorite against Joe Lauzon but failed to last even a full minute against him after being dropped with a stiff shot then submitted shortly thereafter. The explosive 28-year old holds an overall record of 29-9-2 with nineteen TKOs and past wins over Shane Roller, Jeremy Stephens, Gleison Tibau, Evan Dunham, and Dennis Siver.
Comparably, Miller saw his hopes of an opportunity at divisional gold go out the window after being outpointed by Ben Henderson. Though “The Young Assassin” may be known primarily for his heavy hands, Miller brings a vastly different skill set into the Octagon with him as a high-level grappler. The New Jersey native is 20-3 in his career with more than half of his wins coming via submission including tap-outs in the UFC of Charles Oliveira and Duane Ludwig.
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