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UFC 79: Melvin Guillard vs. Rich Clementi

Melvin Guillard

Melvin Guillard will return to the UFC in December to take on Rich Clementi, according to reports:

Rumors began to circulate about this matchup last week but Clementi just recently got official word from Joe Silva of the UFC that the match is indeed on.

But before he fights Guillard, Clementi will be taking on Antoine Skinner this Saturday on the campus of LSU on a card promoted by his own fight company, No Love Entertainment. It’s believed to be the first time an MMA event has ever been held on LSU’s campus.

Clementi has matched himself up with a tough opponent in Skinner and isn’t giving himself a layup. Overall, it’s going to be a busy week for him because he’s not only fighting on a show that he’s promoting but the show is being held in conjunction with a car show, which is believed to be another first.

After being being defeated 27-seconds into the opening round by Joe Stevenson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 9 in April Guillard tested positive for cocaine metabolite in a post-fight drug test. The positive test resulted in an 8-month suspension. Guillard holds a 20-6-2 MMA record including UFC victories over Marcus Davis, Rick Davis, and Gabe Ruediger.

Clementi is 28-12-1 in MMA competition. He debuted in the UFC on the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 4, losing to Din Thomas by rear naked choke. He next defeated Ross Pointon at UFC Fight Night 8 in January before suffering his second UFC loss to Roan Carneiro at UFC Fight Night 9. After defeating Kyle Gibbons at an IFO event in early September, Clementi was inked on short notice to face Anthony Johnson at UFC 76 later in the month. “No Love” was victorious in the bout, topping Johnson by second-round submission. Clementi will face a tough test this weekend, though his bout against Guillard is unlikely to be affected no matter the outcome.

The pair has a long-standing and well-documented feud that led to a skirmish at an MMA show in February making the bout even more intriguing.

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