UFC on Fox 8 Results: 5 Fights for Melvin Guillard to Take Next

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2013

UFC on Fox 8 Results: 5 Fights for Melvin Guillard to Take Next

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    UFC on Fox was great for Melvin Guillard's career. Not only did his win over Mac Danzig earn him a Knockout of the Night and welcome back to the win column, but it likely saved his job.

    Guillard landed a nasty combination on Danzig that stunned him. Guillard followed him to the ground and ended the bout with some nasty follow-up hammer fists.

    So, where does Guillard go from here? Let's take a look at five possible opponents he could face.

Edson Barboza

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    Edson Barboza recently told Sherdog.com that he wants a top-five opponent for his next bout. The leg-kicking, Muay Thai terror would be a great opponent for Guillard, though, even if Melvin isn't in the Top 10.

    Guillard is known for his immense power and knockout ability. Barboza is similar, except he has more techniques in his arsenal and is more technical in general.

    A meeting between the two would be an immediate Fight of the Night contender.

Ross Pearson

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    Ross Pearson has voiced his desire via Twitter to have a bout against Takanori Gomi on his home soil. I think a better fight would be against Melvin Guillard, as both men are knockout artists in about the same position in the division.

    Pearson's chin would be tested by the powerhouse that is Guillard. In return, Pearson's solid striking would be a good challenge to Guillard.

    This is another fight that could be a Fight of the Night contender.

Jorge Masvidal

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    Jorge Masvidal's long road to the UFC is finally paying off. Now 2-0, Gamebred finds himself in a favorable position in the UFC's 155-pound division with wins over Tim Means and Michael Chiesa.

    The win over Chiesa was especially impressive. Masvidal tapped the grappling grinder with a beautiful D'arce choke that had fans buzzing over the fun performance.

    If he fought Melvin Guillard, it would be yet another contender for Fight of the Night on any card. It would also represent two longtime vets of the sport looking to get into the mix of title contention.

James Krause

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    Want a fun striking battle (as if the other three fights previous to this weren't)? How about matching up Melvin Guillard with James Krause, who impressed fans with his UFC debut against Sam Stout?

    Stout was touted as a vastly superior striker to Krause going into their fight. When it was all said and done, fans were praising Krause's.

    His technical striking would make for an interesting chess match with the power punching of Guillard.

Rustam Khabilov

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    A huge challenge for Melvin Guillard would be against a guy with great takedowns and solid striking. A man that represents that type of skill set is Rustam Khabilov.

    Khabilov has impressed fans with his arsenal of trips, suplexes and well-roundedness.

    The biggest knock on Guillard has been his submission defense and ground game in general, so testing his improvements against a guy of Khabilov's caliber could decide if he moves back up the ranks or sinks back to obscurity.