After partaking in The Ultimate Fighter season 2, Melvin Guilard was widely seen as a major prospect that had yet to develop the mental attributes to match his eye-catching physical gifts.
After back-to-back first-round submission losses to Joe Stevenson and Rich Clementi—the first of which he tested positive for cocaine—many gave up on Guillard's chances to ever become a real contender in the stacked UFC lightweight division.
Since that time, however, Guillard has gone 7-1 (6-1 in the UFC), with the only blemish being a submission loss to Nate Diaz in a fight he was looking very sharp in before getting caught.
And it now seems that Guillard is starting to come into his own, likely a result of switching training camps to Greg Jackson's all-start team in New Mexico.
Saturday night, Guillard achieved the biggest win of his career by stopping the betting favorite Evan Dunham in the main event.
Guillard blitzed Dunham and had him reeling before he knew what hit him. It was an amazing display of the speed and power we have come to know from Guillard.
The win puts Guillard on the ever-growing list of contenders at 155 pounds. Clearly, submissions have always been his weakness, but if he can always perform like he did last night, he may not have to worry about that.
I'm reminded of something HBO boxing analyst Larry Merchant said years ago when watching a young Lennox Lewis.
"Sure he has chinks in his armor, but look at all that armor!"
A bout with Sean Sherk seems to make total sense in the immediate future. Guillard's takedown defense looked impenetrable last night, and Sherk would surely test it further.