BOSTON - AUGUST 28: Joe Lauzon celebrates after defeating Gabe Ruediger in the first round of their UFC lightweight bout at the TD Garden on August 28 2010 in Boston Massachusetts. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
You tawkin' to me?
After leaving Shane Roller in an eight-sided carbonite chamber at UFC 132 back on July 2, streaking lightweight contender Melvin Guillard has been calling out the rest of the contending lightweights in an effort to thin the herd.
Including Joe Lauzon.
"The Young Assassin" is 8-1 over his last nine fights and has made a mockery of the 155-pound division since aligning himself with Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In addition to his cruel and unusual punishment at the "Cruz vs. Faber 2" pay-per-view, the former "Ultimate Fighter" derailed the hype train of Evan Dunham with a brilliant performance at UFC "Fight for the Troops 2" earlier this year.
While Lauzon has been inconsistent as of late, going 2-2 over his last four contests, the Bostonian bulwark is a formidable threat on the ground and one of the division's more likable fighters.
Disposing of a jiu-jitsu wizard like "J-Lau" could be the final hurdle in proving Guillard has the tools to get the job done at the division's highest level.
"Melvin's saying he wants to fight me. Last week, I think Charles Oliveira's saying he wants to fight me. I'll fight whoever the UFC wants. If the UFC wants me to fight Melvin, then let's do it. If the UFC wants me to fight Charles Oliveira, then let's do it. I'm not too picky. I've never told the UFC, 'No I don't want to fight.' If they want me to fight someone, then I'll do it."
Guillard vs. Lauzon would undoubtedly present an interesting clash of styles. Both guys are available and (probably) more than willing to fight sooner rather than later.
In fact, Melvin made sure to say he would love to fight at the upcoming UFC 136 event on Oct. 8 in Houston, Texas, but if the UFC needs another great match-up on Spike TV for the "Battle on the Bayou" fight card, well, he's down for that, too.
That's an attitude that reflects well on future fight bookings, but is Guillard, who badly wants to reach a title shot in a top-heavy division, well-served to ask for a fight against Lauzon? Or is the potential face-off just an unnecessary risk?
Alright fantasy matchmakers, we know Guillard wants to fight. How do you effectively pair him up while keeping both his interests -- and the interests of the division title race -- intact?