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Friday, February 16, 2007

Baton Rouge fighter featured in UFC bout

The first ever UFC Fight Night live from The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort will take place April 5 and be telecast live to millions of fans on Spike TV. The card will feature a battle between lightweights Joe “Daddy” Stevenson vs. Baton Rouge's Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard.

Guillard (39-6-3) is an explosive fighter with good wrestling and striking skills. His brash personality made him stand out immediately on The Ultimate Fighter 2, but with a decisive win over Marcus Davis in the finale, Guillard proved he has more than just attitude.

After a setback against Josh Neer in the welterweight division, Melvin dropped down to the lightweight division at UFC 60 and destroyed Rick Davis quickly in the first round. He followed that win with a second round TKO over Gabe Ruediger at UFC 63. Now Guillard is ready to take on Stevenson and prove his new-found dominance in the UFC’s 155-pound division.

Fighting out of Las Vegas, Stevenson (31-7) is known for his overwhelming wrestling and ground and pound. Like Guillard, Stevenson fought his way through The Ultimate Fighter 2 competition to the finals where he defeated Luke Cummo by unanimous decision in a classic fight to earn his claim as the welterweight winner. Since then, Stevenson scored a second round TKO over Yves Edwards at UFC 61, and recently won a first round submission over Dokonjonosuke Mishima at UFC 65.


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