UFC on FX 1: Can Melvin Guillard Get Back into Title Contention?

Chris AlfaroContributor IIIJanuary 9, 2012

LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 15:  UFC fighter Melvin Guillard arrives at UFC, Famous Stars and Straps and New Era's 'The Magic Party' at XS the nightclub on February 15, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
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To say that Melvin Guillard has had an up-and-down career would be an understatement.

Since entering the UFC in 2005, Guillard has gone a respectable 10-5 but struggled to make his way to a title fight.

His most recent outing in October of last year ended in just 47 seconds when he was submitted by rear-naked choke to Joe Lauzon. The loss snapped a five-fight win streak that many believed had earned him his shot at gold.

Guillard has shown throughout his career that he has the makings of a champion. He is a devastating striker and finishes his opponents by KO more often than not. He even has a few submissions to his credit.

Unfortunately, he is his own worst enemy.

Dana White has called Guillard the biggest waste of talent he's ever seen. It's hard to argue with him.

Guillard often enters fights cocky, almost too sure of himself and has been made to pay for it several times. He refuses to work on his ground game despite it being his biggest weakness as eight of his nine losses come by submission.

Perhaps worst of all is his propensity to party. Guillard has been known to run around the party scene days before fight night and has been well documented in his use of recreational drugs.

He even tested positive for cocaine in a post-fight drug test.

If Guillard really wants to reenter the title hunt, he has many personal problems that he has to overcome. He sticks too steadfastly to what he likes to do and refuses to change himself for anyone.

Melvin Guillard is an extremely talented fighter, but he seems to be doing everything he can to keep UFC gold just out of reach.