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Guillard Says he Would Have “Dropped” Melendez or Sanchez

Melvin Guillard

The MMA world is still talking about the epic battle Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez engaged in at UFC 166, which featured one of the best third rounds the sport has ever seen. According to another UFC lightweight, however, the bout likely wouldn’t have gone the distance if he had been involved.

While speaking to MMA this week, as he prepares for his UFC FN 30 scrap with Ross Pearson Saturday, Melvin Guillard had this to say about the fight:

“I would have dropped either one of them,” Guillard said. “I used to drop Diego Sanchez in practice all the time. When I hit people, I hurt people. That’s just what I do.”

It’s hard to argue that Guillard doesn’t have ridiculous punching power, which he’s showcased on more than one occasion, including his recent KO win over Mac Danzig in July. Of course Pearson is a noted striker as well, but according to Guillard the British lightweight doesn’t have the same pop in his hands.

“Ross better worry about my hands,” Guillard said. “I am the hardest hitting ’55er at 155. I’ve watched him bang with guys, I’ve watched him connect on good shots and not even drop people. Everybody I hit, I drop. Everybody I hit, I f–k them up.”

“Him being a harder hitter than me, I don’t think that’s going to be possible.”

Saturday’s fight certainly has the potential to be another memorable lightweight scrap. If you’re wondering, the betting lines have Guillard as a small favourite heading into the bout in the -135 to -145 range.

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