Varner picked up the victory by way of split decision, but it shouldn't have been even that close, as one judge scored the bout a 30-27 victory for Guillard, which was a head-scratching decision to say the least.
The fight itself between Varner and Guillard was exciting with a ton of punches and kicks finding their mark during the match. Despite Guillard's excellent takedown defense, Varner proved to be the superior fighter in that department by taking Guillard down numerous times during the showdown.
It was only a few years ago that Guillard was a rising star in the UFC.
From 2010 to 2011, The Young Assassin scored five consecutive victories in the Octagon. However, since then, Guillard has lost four of his last five fights and is quickly becoming a bad memory in the sport.
Despite losing a split decision—a decision he didn't even deserve—Guillard has experienced several ugly losses during this rough patch. In three of those four losses previously mentioned, Guillard was stopped in the first round, twice by submission and once by KO/TKO.
Those results are a far cry from the immensely exciting fighter Guillard used to be. Knockouts used to be the norm for The Young Assassin, but those days are long gone now.
It's one thing to lose close, exciting bouts like the one Guillard lost in UFC 155, but it's another thing to compile ugly losses like the ones Guillard has experienced since October of 2011. It's become abundantly clear that Guillard is no longer a promising young fighter with a chance to make a serious impact in the sport.
That fact leaves Guillard's future in the UFC very much in doubt. After all, if you aren't winning in the UFC on a regular or semi-regular basis, UFC president Dana White will not be hesitant to let you go.
Guillard's lack of success this year is exactly the type of performances that will land a fighter out of a job in the most lucrative mixed martial arts company in the world.
If The Young Assassin is lucky, White will give him another shot in 2013.
But make no mistake about it: if Guillard does survive this horrid 2012 campaign and gets a chance in 2013, he will have to make a vast improvement in his game if he wants to stick around for the long haul.
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