A quick recap before we move on... the second round fights that are set so far:
#4 Eddie Alvarez vs #5 BJ Penn
The winner of this matchup will face off against our most recent winner, #6 Jose Aldo. Aldo moved on to the quarterfinals with 80% of the vote over former UFC LW Champion Sean Sherk. Personally, I thought it was gonna be closer than that.
So let's see who he will face in the next round.
This fight features the fighter that is highly regarded as the best lightweight in the world outside the UFC. In fact, many people have this man ranked #1 in the world period! #3 Gilbert Melendez is the Strikeforce Champion at 155 pounds. He is also quickly becoming a superstar in the MMA world. Not too long ago, seemingly, he was just another prospect that was widely unknown due to the fact that he did not fight in the UFC. Well, he still does not fight in the UFC, but that hasn't stopped him from calling out UFC lightweights Jim Miller and current UFC Champ Frankie Edgar. The day we can see these superfights materialize is quickly approaching, but why wait? Let's see how you think he will do against one of the fastest rising stars in the UFC Lightweight division.
His opponent? One of the fastest, most athletic, polarizing, hardest hitting lightweights in the UFC if not the world. #14 Melvin Guillard. Guillard burst onto the scene via The Ultimate Fighter Season 2. Season 2 featured Welterweights, including Guillard, as well as Heavyweights. This brash young man was quick to not only call out his fellow 170 pound housemates, but also the Heavyweights, saying that he could beat them as well. Guillard was quickly bounced from the show, losing in his first fight. Since then, he has had a bit of a roller coaster ride of a career. Everything from being choked out in less than a minute by Joe Stevenson to testing positive for cocaine. Lately, however, he has moved his training to Greg Jackson's and seems to have his act together. He has strung together a few consecutive wins, but none of them against the caliber of fighter he is about to face in Melendez.
So, does Melendez have an answer for the speed and athletecism of Guillard? Does Guillard have an answer for the wrestling of Melendez? Who takes this one and moves on to face Aldo? El Nino or The Young Assassin?
You tell me...