BOSTON - AUGUST 27: UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar weighs in at 154 lbs at the UFC 118 weigh-in at the TD Garden on August 27 2010 in Boston Massachusetts. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Melvin Guillard is not impressed.
The quick-handed and even quicker-mouthed 155-pound contender took to the airwaves last night (July 11) on MMAmania.com's feature presentation of Pro MMA Radio to dish the dirt on his place among the lightweight elite.
In other words, consider the division officially on notice.
"Right now it's my time to be champion," said Guillard, who pasted Shane Roller at UFC 132 last Saturday night (July 2) in Las Vegas to win his fifth straight fight and improve to 8-1 over his last nine.
But in order to be the man, he's gotta beat the man. Edgar is hoping to find "The Answer" to defeating Gray Maynard in the conclusion of their trilogy later this year.
An opponent he "barely got away from," according to Guillard:
"I feel like a lot of the guys at the top of the heap were overrated. The UFC will promote them harder so they'll get more of the attention ... Me personally, I think Frankie Edgar is overrated. He beat B.J. Penn twice, I'll give the guy credit where credit is due, but he barely got away from Gray Maynard. He's the champ right now, but he's not a finisher. To me, a lot of the guys who aren't finishing fights are overrated. Nowadays you get a lot of bad judging, so who's to say these guys really won some of these fights they say they won. I just feel overall that best 155'er and I'm content with that."
Guillard has been vocal about touching gloves with Joe Lauzon when the promotion heads to Houston for UFC 136 later this year. While he tells Pro MMA Radio he'll fight "anyone they put in front of him," he considers Jim Miller his "money match" and a one-way ticket to a title fight.
Assuming he wins.
"The Young Assassin" has been doing a lot of talking. He's also been doing a lot of winning. Can the revitalized striker from Jackson's MMA back up all this talk? Or will he be exposed by the "overrated" guys at the top of the heap?
Where do you rank Guillard in this division? And do you agree with his remarks about Edgar?