UFC 150 invades Denver, Colorado on August 11th. The card is headlined by the Lightweight title bout rematch between Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar. The main card has another Lightweight fight that could wind up being fight of the night, as the ‘Cowboy’ Donald Cerrone takes on The ‘Assassin’ Melvin Guillard. The fight was booked with about a month, so both fighters are taking the fight on relative short notice. It will be interesting to see where the lines fall when they are set, but I will be shocked if Cerrone is not favored in the bout.
Fighting in Denver, at altitude, the gas tank is always a consideration, but when the athletes are from elsewhere the need for o2 os something every fighter needs to worry about. And Donald Cerrone does too, but he is a local who grew up at altitude. And Guillard is in great shape, but he is from the Bayou, that is, from sea level. If we are going to see the altitude be a factor at UFC 150, this might be the fight, since the UFC cleverly left the fattieweights of this card.
Both men know each other, since both spent time at the MMA equivalent of the bunny ranch, the Jackson/Winkeljohn academy. My gut tells me this may be to Cerrone’s advantage as well, since he is still with Jackson and Guillard has moved on.
I look for Cerrone to look to extend the fight, and to push the pace while trying to avoid Guillard’s damaging punches.
Guillard won his fight on July 7th, a decision over Fabrizio Camoes that sees him fighting a month later. The danger for Cerrone is if Guillard gets his head together to match his physical skills. Fighting roughly a month aprat rarely happens at the UFC, but it indicates two things – that Guillard is feeling some pressure to get back to the top and that the UFC wants to at least give him the chance to shine.
The winner of this match is likely looking at facing the loser of Henderson-Edgar, and will see his name back among the elite of the division, a place where both men once were.