In the main event of UFC on FX 1: "Guillard vs. Miller" last night (Fri., Jan. 20, 2012) at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, Melvin Guillard lost his fight against Jim Miller in the very first round by way of rear-naked choke submission.
Big surprise, right?
Naturally, social media sites lit up with calls from fans and pundits alike for "The Young Assassin" to finally get his stuff together and actually work on his ground game. After all, if he just shored that up, he would be one of the most dangerous fighters in the lightweight division.
Speaking at the post-fight press conference, Guillard tells the media to be patient. Give him about one year, in fact, and he'll be submitting folks:
"(My jiu-jitsu) wasn't a problem. I did everything right. I knew exactly how to shake him off my back, I just happened to... when he jumped on my back, I was actually going to go down so I can pull his arm away from my throat but when he reset and shook me, he collapsed my hip and I fell down. At that point, I had to try to roll over to the other side. I was sticking to the basics of what I learned. A lot of people criticize my ground game and I'm not going to sit here and think that I have the best ground game because obviously I don't, I've lost (a lot of) fights on submissions, but to lose to a guy like Jim, I wasn't emotional about this loss like I was in the (Joe) Lauzon fight because I really feel in my heart the Lauzon fight was a fluke. I had Jim hurt and my thing was, I wanted to be patient and I backed off when I could have probably swung. It could have been a different result. But I don't regret anything I did tonight. ... Now I have to go home, back to Florida, and grind it out with the Blackzillions, man. I have 'JZ' Cavalcante, I have Jorge Santiago, I have a lot of great jiu-jitsu partners now that I didn't have before. Give me about a year, man. Just be patient with me, I'll submit someone."
There you have it. He didn't screw up so much as Miller is an absolute beast of a grappler but the Blackzillions will whip him into shape soon enough.
What are the odds he ever submits an opponent inside the Octagon? Anyone?