Melvin Guillard made his return to the cage against Fabricio Camoes at UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday.
Guillard was riding a two-fight losing streak after making what was seen as an inevitable title run last year.
Guillard's losses came against Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller, and both were submission losses. Even before the two-fight losing streak, there were questions about Guillard's submission defense and that was only exacerbated with those two losses.
Well, Guillard came out and outpointed a game and submission hungry Brazilian in Camoes. Guillard wasn't his naturally super aggressive self and instead tried to outlast Camoes to avoid making a mistake that would cost him the fight, much like what happened in his loss to Miller.
Now, Guillard seems to be back and is rebuilding his confidence and will look to face another opponent. Who could possibly be the next opponent for Guillard?
Well, earlier tonight Gleison Tibau lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov and I think a fight against either fighter would be interesting to see to help build Guillard back up to the title run he was making last year.
Also, maybe Guillard could get a rematch with Lauzon, who fights next month at UFC on Fox 4. It is an unlikely matchup, but I'm sure Guillard wants to avenge a loss in a fight that he entered way overconfident and with a mindset that wasn't right for a fight with someone like Lauzon.
Guillard did show some pretty decent grappling tonight, avoiding some tough positions from Camoes, and his striking defense looked good too.
If Guillard continues to train hard and keeps his mindset in the correct frame, he can try to make another run to the top of the lightweight division.
We'll see what's really next for Guillard soon, barring any sort of injury suffered in the fight.