LAS VEGAS--The SPIKE TV portion of UFC 132 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena showcased two Knockout of the Night candidates from lightweights after the Facebook portion of the event delivered four decisions to kick off the night.
Melvin Guillard fought with the confidence of a number one contender, disposing three-time All-American wrestler Shane Roller quickly and viciously by battering Roller en route to a knockout at 2:12 of round one.
“I’ve been saying all week that speed kills. I came here in the best shape of my life and I was really comfortable in there tonight. I knew that I could break him," said Guillard post-fight. "I knew that with my speed and my pace, I could make it a rough night for him. I really hope I get Knockout of the Night. I want another top contender next. I’m looking for my meal ticket to a title shot.”
Rafael dos Anjos, a late replacement for Evan Dunham, made the most of his opportunity one tick shy of a minute against George Sotiropoulos with a right hook knockout.
"I wanted to stay standing, but if it went to the ground, I was confident in my jiu-jitsu. I wanted to show the fans my striking tonight and I’m happy I got this knockout," said dos Anjos post-fight. "I went through a rough patch after my last fight, but I came back and truly believe I’m better than ever. A few years down the road, I can see myself winning the world title. This is a big win for me.”
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