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Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon Added to UFC 136 Fight Card

Melvin GuillardAt its current pace, the UFC 136 fight card could be filled shortly, with more than five matchups announced just this week.

A lightweight showdown can be added to the list as 155-pound contenders Melvin Guillard and Joe Lauzon have agreed to square off at the October 8 pay-per-view event in Houston, Texas.

Both fighters are coming off of exciting victories in the last month. Guillard scored a highlight knockout victory over WEC veteran Shane Roller at UFC 132, while Lauzon earned yet another bonus with his submission of Curt Warburton at UFC on Versus 4.

Bonuses and entertainment are the name of the game when it comes to these two, as both seem to supply them at each event. Lauzon has won an impressive seven bonuses, including four submissions of the night and three fights of the night. In fact, Lauzon’s last bout that did not earn him a bonus was nearly three years ago. Lauzon has had just one fight end in a decision during his career, sporting a 96% finish rate.

Guillard is equally as impressive when it comes to entertainment. While he does not sport the bonus checks Lauzon has (with just two), he does have five first round finishes to his name. He will enter the octagon holding a five fight win streak, and could be on his way to a number one contender matchup following this bout.

Following the aforementioned knockout of Roller at UFC 132, Guillard called out Lauzon specifically, tell MMAWeekly “Right now technically nobody else is available, he already fought and walked away with a submission of the night victory, he didn’t take any damage in his last fight so maybe he’ll want to take the fight.”

Guillard made his intentions known, along with where he feels he stands in the division.

“I’m a finisher. I’m the best lightweight at finishing fights.”

UFC 136 is headlined by the third meeting between UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, and also features middleweights Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann.

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