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UFC 136's Lauzon wary of foe's striking but thinks he's bad matchup for Guillard

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Gone are the days of true "striker vs. grappler" affairs at the UFC level, and UFC 136's Joe Lauzon (20-6 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is quite aware of that fact.

But his main-card matchup with Melvin Guillard (29-8-2 MMA, 10-4 UFC) appears about close as one can get – see Lauzon's three "Submission of the Night" victories in his past five fights vs. Guillard's seven (out of eight total) career losses via tapout.

So Lauzon's strategy for Saturday night's event at Houston's Toyota Center should be no shocker. The 27-year-old jiu-jitsu specialist said he knows the task won't be easy, but he's willing to go out on his shield making an effort.

"If I can't get the fight down, I'm going out on my shield," Lauzon said. "I'm going to do my best to get the fight to the ground. If I find that I can't get it, I'm going to keep working at it, but I'm going to have to throw punches the entire time.

"The days are gone when you could just shoot on a guy from way out and take him down. Melvin's a great wrestler. He's not going to give up any takedowns. I'm going to have to fight for every single one."

It's not that Lauzon has never faced a striking stud before. In fact, he boasts career contests with Jeremy Stephens, Sam Stout, Jens Pulver and Jorge Masvidal to name but a few. But Guillard represents a special kind of beast, a rare blend of speed and power, and Lauzon knows it will prove a tall order.

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Post #1   10/6/11 11:24:28PM   

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Post #2   10/6/11 11:32:34PM   

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Nice Avatar. I recently got into It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It's pretty funny.

Also, Guillard is going to light him up.

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Joe won't make it out of the 1st

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Posted by Chael_Sonnen

Joe won't make it out of the 1st



Inclined to agree. I like Lauzon but he seems like a can crusher. He goes from a spectacular victory to a lopsided loss. He just had a spectacular victory so I figure this will be his lopsided loss.

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Melvin Guillard by brutal KO .... 1st round.

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Now I'm just putting this out there. As much as I do in fact think Guillard wins this fight Lauzon's stand up isn't that bad people. Remember he did out-strike George Sotiropoulos in the first rd of their fight and he has power in his hands as well.

I'm just saying while I think Guillard wins to say that he will just bulldoze Lauzon is def. a mistake.

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If Joe thinks 'bad' as in good, I don't concur.

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Post #8   10/8/11 1:28:45AM