Melvin Guillard wants to prove he's championship material.
"The Young Assassin" is 8-1 over his last nine fights and has made a mockery of the 155-pound division since aligning himself with Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In addition to his cruel and unusual punishment of Shane Roller at the UFC 132: "Cruz vs. Faber 2" pay-per-view, the former "Ultimate Fighter" derailed the hype train of Evan Dunham with a brilliant performance at UFC "Fight for the Troops 2" earlier this year.
Is it enough to disconnect the former network engineer? The bookies seem to think so, pegging Guillard as a heavy favorite at -355.
Standing in his way this weekend is Lauzon, who has been inconsistent as of late, going 2-2 over his last four contests. But the Bostonian bulwark is a formidable threat on the ground and one of the division's more likable fighters.
It hasn't helped him in the betting lines, where he currently stands as a +295 underdog.
Anyone predicting upset?