UFC 150 Preview: Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard Will Be An All Out War

Posted on Aug 8 2012 - 3:48pm by Matt Juul

As this weekend’s UFC 150 quickly approaches, fans should be bubbling with excitement over a certain lightweight bout on the main card that is guaranteed to end in fireworks.

Striking whiz Donald Cerrone will be taking on the heavy handed Melvin Guillard in a fight that should end up being an all-out war.  While both men have a penchant for putting people to sleep, Cerrone has a slight edge going into this bout and may be a mismatch for “the Young Assassin.”

Guillard may have bit off a bit more than he can chew when he decided to take on “the Cowboy” on short notice , a man who has amassed a 5-1 UFC record in just under a year and a half with the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion.  “The Young Assassin”, who’s coming off a July win over Fabrício Camões, might be wishing he had more rest entering this high profile bout as Cerrone will definitely be pushing the pace.

This fight is a great test for both fighters, but in the end, I expect Cerrone to come out on top.

“The Cowboy” has a reach advantage over Guillard and will likely look to pick him apart from the outside.  Guillard has great hand speed and enormous power, but Cerrone should be able to avoid his heavy hands as long as he keeps using his jabs and leg kicks to keep “the Young Assassin” at bay.

Eventually, however, this fight will definitely be going to the ground.

Cerrone is a smart fighter and knows Guillard’s weakness is on the mats.  His last two losses have come via first round tap out to the likes of Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon, so “the Cowboy” will have a huge advantage on the ground.  With Guillard’s nine career submission losses and Cerrone’s 13 career submission wins, there’s no question who has the edge in this area.

Both men are showmen and will definitely be pulling out all the stops for the Denver crowd, but when the fight comes down to the wire, expect Cerrone to come out on top with a big submission win.


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Matt Juul is loving college life as he pursues a career in journalism and cinema. A UFC Sports Analyst at H4TV NETWORKS, his interests and expertise range from personal development and dating to fitness and the martial arts. Matt has had the opportunity to interview fighters and industry leaders including UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, XFC lightweight Nick Newell, Bellator ring girls Mercedes and Jade as well as many others. A third degree black belt in Tang Soo Do under Grandmaster Charles Ferraro and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Keith Florian, Matt spends his free time training in MMA at Renzo Gracie CT and West Haven Academy of Karate when in Connecticut and Florian Martial Arts Center when in Boston, as he hopes to get in the cage soon!