The final fight of the UFC 148 fight card on FX featured a fight in the lightweight division. Melvin "Young Assassin" Guillard took to the Octagon for the 17th time in his professional career. He was 29-10 in his career coming into the fight, while the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert, Fabricio Camoes came into the fight with a 14-6 record. Guillard had lost two straight via first round submissions, while Camoes won his UFC debut against Tommy Hayden at UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller.
To open the fight, Camoes went straight at Guillard and tried playing into the Young Assassin's game plan. Camoes eventually went for a takedown and landed it, but Guillard got right back to his feet. As the fight continued, Guillard landed a takedown of his own, showing he wasn't afraid of the ground game of Camoes. Camoes then controlled Guillard and reversed the position and got into full mount. He dropped countless elbows and strikes but the Young Assassin fought out and got the fight back to the feet. Camoes lost his balance at the end of the round and Guillard finished the round in top position, throwing punches of his own.
My scorecard: Camoes, 10-9
The round saw a lot of non-action from both fighters. Camoes continued to stand in front of Guillard, but he never got caught. He also continued to go for takedowns, but Guillard showed great improvement in his takedown defense. With about 80 seconds left, Camoes got a takedown, but was unable to get in a great offensive position. Guillard reversed the position and finished the round on top, much like the first round.
My scorecard: Guillard, 10-9
The final round was another uneventful round by both fighters. Guillard did exactly what he needed to do to avoid the strikes from Camoes, but didn't exactly turn the offense up. Neither fighter took many chances in the round and seemed content with where the fight was going. With about 30 seconds left, Camoes went for a submission on Guillard's leg, but the Young Assassin did a great job of not allowing Camoes to use both hands and saved the fight.
My scorecard: Guillard, 10-9 and overall 29-28. I wouldn't be shocked to see a 30-27 call for Guillard. It was a decent showing after two lackluster performances.
Official Decision: Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3) for Melvin Guillard
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