Six months ago Jim Miller and Melvin Guillard both appeared to be a win away from a title-shot after collecting a number of consecutive wins against apt adversaries. However, each lightweight was sent tumbling down the divisional ladder after suffering a loss in his latest outing. Now, according to the UFC, Miller and Guillard will face off in January as the main event of a recently announced UFC card on FX, meaning one man will find himself back in the conversation for contendership and the other will head back to the drawing board on the heels of a two-fight slide.

If Miller comes up short against Guillard it will mark the first time the 28-year old will have fallen in back-to-back bouts. Holding an overall record of 20-3, Miller had strung together seven victories before being outpointed by Ben Henderson at UFC Live 5. Among those wins were successful showings against Mark Bocek, Gleison Tibau, and Mac Danzig.

A polar opposite of Miller where style is concerned, the hard-hitting Guillard is 29-9-2 in his career with nineteen strike-based stoppages. That being said, it was “The Young Assassin” who was dropped, then finished, by Joe Lauzon last month.

Other match-ups expected for the card, rumored to be on January 20 in Nashville, include Christian Morecraft vs. Pat Barry and Duane Ludwig vs. Josh Neer.


MMATraining Take: This is a terrible match-up on paper for Guillard who struggles against high-level BJJ, but then again he’s strong and athletic so it’s always possible that he may be able to keep Miller from taking him down. However, as soon as action hits the canvas it’s over for him.