Top UFC lightweight contenders Joe Stevenson (26-7) and Melvin Guillard (20-5-2) will battle at UFC Fight Night 9 on April 5, according to the latest rumor from MMAWeekly.com.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 2 welterweight contestants have since dropped 15 pounds each to compete at 155. Of course, Stevenson won the title that season, while while Guillard was bounced by Josh Burkman in the first elimination bout.
Reports about Stevenson's opponents — and location — have been all over the place in recent weeks.
At first, he was rumored to be fighting Caol Uno at UFC 68 in March. That fight was then moved to UFC 69 on April 7, and then scratched altogether. Roger Huerta was later added to the UFC 69 and we speculated — incorrectly — that Stevenson and Huerta could possibly go toe-to-toe.
Now, as stated above, it seems as though we have a new scenario. And to be honest, I couldn't be more excited — what a great match up.
Even better, the fight will air for free on Spike television.
This has to be a considered a number two contender fight, with the winner getting a place in line behind Hermes Franca for a crack at Sean Sherk and his 155-pound crown.
Sherk is still recovering from shoulder surgery and is expected to return to action this summer.
Stevenson and Guillard are about as opposite as you can get, but equally as effective.
"Daddy" prefers to take his opponents down with his strong wrestling skills and pound them into submission.
"The Young Assassin," on the other hand, leverages his freak athletic ability and strength to knock people out (65 percent of his wins have come by way of KO/TKO, according to Sherdog.com).
It's a contrast of styles that will no doubt have me glued to my television screen.
Great, great fight ... I was beginning to worry about the developing UFC Fight Night 9 fight card.