Melvin Guillard is on a tear. He’s won five straight, three of which via KO/TKO. He’s climbing the lightweight ladder and looking for a fight that can get him to the top. He briefly called out Dennis Siver at the UFC on Versus 4 post-fight press conference before switching gears and calling out lightweight contender Jim Miller. With Miller scheduled to face Ben Henderson at UFC on Versus 5 next month though, Guillard told MMA Weekly that he has someone else in mind — submission specialist Joe Lauzon.

“I want to fight on this Houston card coming up. I just want to stay focused on the task at hand, and that’s getting better. I’m telling everybody now the longer it takes for them to give me a title shot, the better I’m going to be. By the time I fight for that title, I feel sorry for whoever’s holding that belt,” Guillard stated.

“The old Melvin that’s getting caught in submissions, and getting taken down, and letting people control him, those days are over with.”

“I don’t want to try to throw a name out there, but I was thinking maybe I could ask them to fight Joe Lauzon,” Guillard said. “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.”

Most fighters usually try to avoid fights with guys who can exploit their weaknesses, so props to Melvin Guillard for his willingness to fight someone who can do just that. It’s risky. There’s a strong possibility Joe Lauzon would submit him, but if not, Guillard could come out on the other end proving he’s a more complete fighter and finally ready to take the next step into title contention.

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Update: Joe Lauzon accepts Melvin’s challenge.

“Melvin’s saying he wants to fight me. Last week, I think Charles Oliveira’s saying he wants to fight me. I’ll fight whoever the UFC wants. If the UFC wants me to fight Melvin, then let’s do it. If the UFC wants me to fight Charles Oliveira, then let’s do it,” Lauzon said.

“I’m not too picky. I’ve never told the UFC ‘no I don’t want to fight.’ If they want me to fight someone, then I’ll do it.”

“I think with a proper training camp, things like that, I can game plan and be ready for anyone,” Lauzon said. “Whoever the UFC wants, I’m down. If they want Melvin, then let’s do it.”

Your move UFC.