The tables have turned and Melvin Guillard's back is against the wall.
"The Young Assassin" was left a crumpled heap in the Octagon at UFC 150 on Saturday night after getting blasted with a straight right hand from former teammate Donald Cerrone.
Unfortunately for Guillard, losing is becoming all too common. The New Orleans native has lost three of his last four fights. To make matters worse, all of the losses came by first-round stoppages.
Guillard has the talent to be the best lightweight in the world, but he tends to fold when faced with adversity.
It's tough to pinpoint the root of the problems for Guillard's technical deficiencies. His chin has appeared shaky at times and he constantly finds himself limited by subpar submission defense.
Is Guillard struggling to get the most out of his training, or could there be some mental hurdle that no one knows about?
Considering Guillard's overwhelming potential, these are two incredibly fair questions.
Here are five fights he should take next.