Before Alexander Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa meet in the main event of this weekend's (March 8, 2014) UFC Fight Night 37 event in London, England -- which airs only on UFC Fight Pass (details) -- Melvin Guillard and Michael Johnson will fight in the co-headlining bout.
It's a fight that will see a pair of former training partners meet inside the Octagon, as "The Young Assassin" and "The Menace" spent plenty of time in the practice room as members of the Blackzilians.
But now that Guillard has made the jump over to American Top Team (ATT), he clarified during his appearance on the The Great MMA Debate podcast that he and Johnson were never pals.
And it all stems from what Melvin says was Johnson's unfair treatment of a "friend" inside the camp.
His words (via MMA Weekly):
"Let's get this straight. Me and Michael Johnson were never really friends. We were just training partners. Let's straighten that out right there. We never hung out, we never shot marbles together, we didn't go out and eat dinner or nothing like that. I only saw him at the gym, and after that, I went my way and he went his way. I never really cared for him as a person. I think he's a good fighter, but as a person, when you move your friend out here and then throw your friend under the bus and get him get him kicked off the team. I think that's [expletive] as a friend. How could you call yourself a friend? I think he's just one of those guys who grew up scared of people and then learned how to fight somewhere along the way. I can look right through that kid. He ain't no gangster, that's for sure."
In addition, Guillard revealed that he got the better of Johnson during training session about 80-percent of the time.
But, when the two men get locked inside the Octagon this weekend at the O2 Arena, it will be far from your daily training session, as this time they'll be fighting for keeps.
Who comes out the victor?