The co-main event tomorrow night at UFC 150 will be in the lightweight division as friends and former teammates square off at the Pepsi Center.
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (18-4, 1NC) will meet Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard (30-10-2, 1NC), who were teammates at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
After his win at UFC on FUEL TV 3, Cerrone said he wanted to fight on this fight card, since he is from Colorado. Guillard took this fight on one months notice and called Cerrone before taking this fight. During their phone call, both fighter told each other to go out there and have the fight of the night.
Guillard snapped a two fight losing streak last month at UFC 148 against Fabricio Camões. He won the fight by unanimous decision and showed his much improved submission defense. Camões is a submission specialist and was able to attempt to work his submission game, but Guillard was able to escape and not get submitted.
Cerrone has won six of his last seven fights and his only lost during this time came against Nate Diaz at UFC 141 last year. Since coming to the UFC in the WEC merger, he has won four fight night bonuses in six fights and has finished three of his opponents.
Both of these fighters plan to put on a show tomorrow night, but will Cerrone stand the entire time with Guillard or take the fight to the ground?
The smart gameplan for Cerrone would be to use his strikes to set up a takedown and test the submission defense of Guillard. However, Cerrone may want to brawl with his friend and put on a show for the hometown fans.
Guillard has said that he is a different fight now than when he was at Jackson’s. If Cerrone does elect to take the fight to the ground, Guillard will need to get off his back and stand with his opponent if he expects to win.