Melvin Guillard won a unanimous decision, all three judges scoring it 29-28, over UFC newcomer Ronys Torres at UFC 109. Torres showed off excellent grappling but Guillard won it with patient defense and a few highlight-reel shots.
Torres' game plan was clear: Keep Guillard on the ground. He started with a takedown in the first round and worked to keep Guillard down. When Guillard was on his feet, he landed a few beautiful shots.
At the very end of the fight, Guillard avoided a takedown attempt and mounted Torres, landing a flurry of shots. It wasn't enough to finish Torres, but the strikes that landed clearly mattered to the judges.
Guillard has been working with Greg Jackson's Submission Fighting, and the calmer, more strategic coaching style has helped Guillard after he hit a rough patch -- both in the octagon and in his personal life.
Torres' corner -- which included WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo -- created a keystone cops moment between the first and second rounds. They spilled a bag of ice as they worked on Torres. Fight officials had a hard time cleaning up the ice, prompting UFC commentator Mike Goldberg to yell, "Get a zamboni!" On Twitter, WEC fighter Miguel Torres called it the Brazilian ice bag trick.
- Melvin Guillard
- Miguel Torres