This Saturday in London, UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard will square up against a former sparring partner in Michael Johnson. The two regularly trained with one another when they were on the Blackzilans team, though Guillard says that he was never friendly with Johnson, whom he doesn't like personally.
These days, Guillard is a part of the South Florida rival of the Blackzilians, American Top Team, and relishes the chance to KO Johnson. He's also confident that he will since, Guillard says, he used to get the better of MJ when they sparred with one another.
"If I had to say who got the better of each other, about eighty percent of the time I knew I got the best of him,” Guillard recently told MMA Weekly.
"I got more experience, I’m the better fighter, I'm the stronger fighter, I'm the faster fighter, and I got knockout power. Mike's been rallying up some wins lately, but I'm any fighter's kryptonite. Nobody wants to fight me. In the back of his mind, he's probably like, 'Damn, I really have to fight Melvin Guillard?' I'm just going to call it like that. I'll say that to any fighter. I'm not an easy fight for anybody."
As for his personal gripe with Johnson, Guillard says that his opponent is just a scared kid at heart.
"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," Guillard said.
"I can look right through that kid. He ain't no gangster, that's for sure." Who are you picking in this match up and, why? Let us know in the comments section.