UFC FIGHT NIGHT 38 – Michael Johnson vs Melvin Guillard!

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Melvin Guillard is the co-main event in London this weekend at the UFC Fight Night 38.

This weekend, at London´s O2 Arena, the UFC Fight Night 38 card goes down.  The card features a Lightweight co-main event featuring Michael Johnson taking on Melvin Guillard.  Right now at BETDSI, the match is near pick ém, as Johnson comes in at (-125) with the comeback on Guillard at (+105).  Guillard is known as an exciting fighter and once had a strong 5 fight winning streak and was nearing the top of the division, but he has a brutal 2 and a half years in the octagon that have seen him go 2-4-1.  Is Johnson the right guy to get him back on track?

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A lot of people are betting no.  Johnson is a veteran of the octagon, as he is 6-4 in the UFC and he is logging his 11th octagon appearance with the company.  He has won his last two outings, taking out tough Brazilian Gleison Tibau and winning a UD over Joe Lauzon.

As far as common opponents, look no further than Lauzon.  Lauzon was the fighter who wiped out Guillard´s 5 fight winning streak by choking him out in less than a minute when they fought back in October of 2011.  Johnson used the well regarded Lauzon to snap a 2 fight losing streak of his own.

Guillard will be trying to take off Johnson´s head with knees or punches, but Johnson is a savvy fighter who knows what he has to do.  It is a shame to say it, but after many many years, the game plan to fight Melvin Guillard is the same.  Johnson has to try and avoid getting into a distance striking match with the speedy Guillard.  Chest to chest up against the cage Johnson will be safe to rough up Guillard a bit until he inevitably makes a mistake.

As always when Guillard fights, it is going to be exciting, but look for Johnson to be ready to extend the fight and make it a grind.

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