The UFC lightweight title has been on hold now for 10 months and the contenders are lining up. Thankfully, progress will finally be made this weekend when Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard meet in the UFC 136 main event. It’s unclear who the winner will face next, but there are certainly plenty of options.
One of those options is Melvin Guillard. He’ll need to get past Joe Lauzon this weekend at UFC 136, but if he does, Dana White tells 5thRound that his name is definitely in the hat.
“I like Melvin and I like how he’s training hard,” White recently expressed. “I always thought he was the biggest waste of talent and he really turned that around and I’m happy to see it.”
“There’s so many good guys in that 155 pound division, we’re trying to figure out who’s next,” White stated. “That division is so stacked and there’s so many good fights to make.
“I’m excited to see him in there with Lauzon. If he beats Lauzon, it’s gonna be interesting to see who we end up pitting together to fight for the title next.”
Another name Dana White mentioned recently was Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. If the UFC decides to do a champion vs. champion fight instead, Guillard tells MMA Fighting that he’s perfectly fine with that.
“I wouldn’t be upset,” Guillard said Monday on The MMA Hour. “I look at it like this man, Two champions from two different organizations i think they both should fight to get rid of the No. 1 [contender].”
“It takes the heat off of me too. I rather get another fight,” the 28-year-old says. “If it has to be the winner of Guida and Ben Henderson, but right now Guida is my teammate, so I won’t fight him, but if something went wrong and Ben won, then I’d take the Ben Henderson fight next if i had to. It all has to work itself out and see what happens. we can’t really say who’s next and who’s gonna get what. Right now my main focus is on beatting up Joe Lauzon Satuday, winning that fight and I’ll move forward from there.”
“The 155 is a big traffic jam right now,” Guillard said. “I could care less if i’m next or after that. I’m just going to keep fighting and keep winning … To me every fight is a title fight. I treat every fight like a title fight so right now I’ve felt like I’ve defended my title five times already and I’m working on No. 6 this weekend.”
It’s far too early to tell who’s going to fight in the next UFC lightweight title fight, but chances are it’s going involve two of these six fighters: Frankie Edgar, Gray Maynard, Gilbert Melendez, Melvin Guillard, Clay Guida, Ben Henderson. There’s a lot of great match-ups to be made out of that bunch, but if you ask me, the most appealing one is Frankie Edgar vs. Gilbert Melendez.
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