The biggest thing I learned [from the loss to Joe Lauzon] is to be patient and not rush myself. The only reason he won that fight was because I rushed myself. I was rushing my shots, trying to hit him. I actually ran into a stiff jab that actually rocked me. By the time I hit the canvas, I shook it off, but he was already on my back. So, it's a life lesson -- I walked away with nor scratches or bruises. And now I've been blessed even more that after the loss I've been given a number one contender fight against Jim Miller, live January 20 in Nashville. So, that goes to show you I didn't lose anything from that loss, but I got to learn something.
Melvin Guillard tells MMACanada.net that his upcoming fight against Jim Miller, which will serve as the UFC on FX 1 main event on Jan 20, 2012, will serve as a number one 155-pound contender eliminator match. This, despite the "Young Assassin" and Miller both coming off losses in their most recent performances. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and its president, Dana White, have not marketed the showdown as one that will crown the next division contender probably because that's not the plan. Nate Diaz, Joe Lauzon and Anthony Pettis are also in the mix, meaning that the Guillard-Miller winner would most likely be asked to compete at least one more time, perhaps even twice more, before getting a title shot. Ben Henderson will take on champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 144 on Feb. 26, 2012, opening up the possibility for a new challenger to emerge just in time for summer. Who is going to be?