By Ricardo Robles
UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II is already this Saturday. While there is much discussion about the rematch between Henderson and Edgar, the fight between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard, has the potential to steal the show.
Like the Jones vs. Evans fight, when Cerrone gets into the Octagon against Guillard, it will be a battle between former teammates. Not only that, it will also be a battle between a Jackson’s Mixed Martial Art’s student and a former Jackson’s Mixed Martial Art’s student turned Blackzilian. Who will end with their hand raised? Will it be the current Greg Jackson student or will it be the Blackzilian?
Cerrone has an 18-4 professional record, and he is 5-1 in the UFC. While Cerrone is a national champion kickboxer, he has been ferocious on the ground. 13 of his 18 professional MMA fights have come via submission. Despite his prowess on the ground, his striking skills are still outstanding and he has been known to work his opponents’ legs with his kicks.
Guillard has a professional record of 30-10-2. His career has been marked by setbacks and rebounds. His record in the UFC is a respectable 11-6. Guillard is known as athletic and fast. When he wins, he usually wins in exciting and spectacular fashion, even knocking out Gabe Ruediger with a body shot. When he loses, Guillard usually loses by submission. In fact, all of his 6 losses in the UFC have come by submission.
So who will win the battle of former teammates? The Young Assassin says he wants to turn this fight into an all-out brawl. Greg Jackson fighters are too smart to get sucked into a brawl when that’s not their strength. Cowboy’s technical stand up skills will allow him to evade any full force assault that the Young Assassin will launch. There is no doubt that Cerrone will be able to pick Guillard apart with his exceptional technique. When the fight hits the ground, Guillard will once again be at a disadvantage. Guillard has not proven that he is over his susceptibility to submissions. Despite the fact that Guillard had a five fight win streak in the UFC between 2010 and 2011, he is 1-2 in his last three fights with both losses coming via rear-naked choke (RNC). Of Cerrone’s 13 submissions, four have come via RNC. Cerrone also has six triangle choke victories, a submission that wrestlers are vulnerable to. Taking all the facts into account, I'm giving the nod to Cerrone.
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