Guillard crumpled Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Waylon Lowe
with a brutal knee to the body in their preliminary lightweight
matchup at UFC 114 “Rampage vs. Evans” on May 29 at the MGM Grand
Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Now, he desires a dance with “Lil’
“That’s the guy I want,” Guillard told the Sherdog Radio Network’s
Savage Dog Show. “I think that would be a great fight for me. I
really want to fight that guy.”
The 24-year-old Stephens, a heavy shoot-from-the-hip puncher, has
won back-to-back fights and earned a split decision over Sam Stout at UFC
113 last month. His 2008 knockout against Rafael dos
Anjos has become a staple of UFC highlight reels.
“I want to fight exciting fighters,” Guillard said. “He’s a good
guy. I have no grudge against him or anything. I have a lot of
respect for him as a fighter. I think he has a lot of punching
power, and I think he’ll give me a run for my money. I’ll respect
him as a person, but as a fighter, I don’t think he’s a better
fighter than me.”
Enjoying a renaissance of sorts under the wing of famed trainer
Greg Jackson and his many disciples, Guillard has won five of his
last six bouts. Now based at Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts in
Albuquerque, N.M., he has begun to fulfill his potential.
“It’s definitely been a life-changing experience,” Guillard said.
“I’m at a great gym full of great guys and great girls. Everybody’s
so supportive. Coach Greg and coach [Mike] Winkeljohn have really
put the time and effort behind me, [which is] something I’ve been
looking for for a long time. That was the biggest thing in my
career I was searching for.
“I can’t deal with people that are selfish,” he added. “When
everybody’s there [and] can help each other, that’s something you
look forward to.”
Guillard, a 27-year-old New Orleans native, believes the potential
reward in fighting someone like Stephens far outweighs the risk.
Neither man has ever been knocked out.
“I know for a fact it will be a knock-down, drag-out brawl of a
fight,” Guillard said. “That’s what they want in the UFC. I would
rather fight a guy like that and take that chance at a guy having
knockout ability than to fight another black belt jiu-jitsu guy
that’s just going to lay on me, not do anything and make the fight