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Guillard is in a tight spot, and is 1-4 in his five most recent fights.
This is definitely the toughest call to make of the night.
Guillard is a good fighter in a division of great fighters. As one of the longest-serving lightweights in the UFC, and just basically a human highlight reel, Guillard is somebody the UFC has to put a lot of thought into what they do with him.
Guillard's popularity necessitates matchups against strong fighters, hence why he ended up against Jamie Varner even though he was 1-3 in his last four fights. His excellent kickboxing also makes him somebody to get excited about seeing regardless of the opponent, hence why he was matched against top-ten fighter Donald Cerrone when he was sitting well outside the title picture.
He is sitting at 1-4 over his last five fights. Very few fighters survive that, and the UFC is about to add at least a few lightweights with the impending closure of Strikeforce. A legitimate case could be made for him getting the boot.
Even so, he is still better than a lot of other lightweights. Because of that, I'm expecting him to get at least one more fight before getting a pink slip. Watch for a fight against an up-and-comer like Michael Chiesa (assuming he wins his fight at UFC 157) or John Makdessi, or perhaps a fight against a Strikeforce import.