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MMA Beatdown: Jim Miller, Joe Henle


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It’s time to celebrate again. Why? Because it’s Tuesday!  MMA Beatdown Radio is back, and it’s ready to go five rounds. This week on the MMA DieHards Radio Network, Mike, Amy and Alex Donno from 790 AM The Ticket in Miami are joined by UFC lightweight Jim Miller and professional MMA fighter Joe Henle.

Miller (twitter: @JimMiller_155) faces Melvin Guillard this Friday in Nashville, TN, headlining the inaugural UFC on FX card.  He’ll talk his past and future in the UFC, Nashville, family life, and what he thinks of Mr. Guillard.

Joe Henle (twitter: @leonidasmma) is a professional fighter out of Lompoc, CA.  Training primarily at Reign with UFC Mark Munoz, Joe talks to MMA Beatdown about his upcoming 1/28 “California Fight Syndicate” main event fight against Mike Moreno, future aspirations, TUF memories, and more.

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Melvin Guillard focused on what lies ahead for him. (Photo: Adam Metcalf/

Every time an MMA fighter makes their way to the cage they have intentions on making a statement, but UFC fighter Melvin Guillard is one of the few that leaves their mark felt.

Guillard is on a five-fight win streak, and three of those wins resulted in highlight reel knockouts. Nevertheless, the Louisiana scrapper keeps motivation running strong, and his he lets his performances speak for themselves. This is something Guillard intends on accomplishing every time he steps in the Octagon, even if his peers are incapable.

“Every time you fight you want to send a statement,” Guillard said.  “The statements I tried to send are that as a lightweight contender, I’m a finisher. I go for the kill. That’s the one thing I’m not seeing a lot of. I don’t see a lot of top guys that are lightweight that are doing that. The guys in my division are going the distance with guys, and I want to separate myself from that. I want to be that one guy who is in this division that is dominant and competent enough to go in and finish the fight.”

Guillard trains at the formidable Jackson’s gym, alongside some of the sport’s prestige fighters. His knowledge of the game and dedication to himself and the sport have evolved immensely since he joined the team a few years ago.  Guillard absorbs the knowledge that is dropped him like a sponge, but the UFC lightweight admitted that everyone needs a break after a finish like he had over Shane Roller at UFC 132.

Guillard had a slight celebration after his win over Roller, but then it was back to business. After all, his bosses are supporting him and anticipating his return.

Melvin Guillard gets his hand raised at UFC 132. (photo: Adam Metcalf/

“I took a couple days off,” Guillard admitted. “I had a nice party with Headrush.  A pool party with a cabana, they treated me really good. But, I am anxious to get back to work. Dana White, Joe Silva and all those guys are behind me 100 percent right now, and it’s a great feeling to have your bosses behind you.  I thank them and Headrush for all the support I’m getting right now, as well.

“I got to go back to my agent down in Florida, so basically I’m still here at camp. I haven’t went home yet.”

Guillard stepped towards Roller with a confidet, but not arrogant approach. Hands down, chin out and knowing he would dominate, Guillard disposed of Roller in the first round.

The only significant punch Roller landed caught Guillard under his eye, but “The Young Assassin” prevailed victorious and made MMA DieHards aware of the next UFC card he would like to participate on. It just so happens that Guillard wishes to fight somebody who is already tied up with a friend of the TUF 2 competitor’s, but if that person makes it past their next opponent, Guillard wants Jim Miller.

“I had a small cut, but I didn’t need any stitches,” Guillard said. “I’m in shape and I really want to get on that card in Houston. That’s the card I am trying to get on.

“Miller is my money fight. If he can get through Ben, then he would be on a nine fight (win)-streak, so if I can beat him and possibly knock him out, that would definitely put me in the position for a title shot.”

Guillard only reflects on past victories for a mere second and then hits the gym, again. He knows levelheadedness separates him from the norm, but dedication to Greg Jackson’s facility will allow him to achieve his goals.  The longer the UFC lightweight champion avoids Guillard only makes it worse for the champ.

Day by day, Guillard is getting stronger, faster and better. The evidence is in his last training camp.

“I’m just trying to stay grounded,” Guillard said. “I am focusing on my training as much as possible.”

“I had a great camp and a great fight. The longer it takes for me to get a title shot, the stronger I’ll be. For now, it’s about getting stronger in the gym and keep putting on great shows and keep getting knockouts.”

Those knockouts Guillard has compiled have left an impression on the fans and given a warning to all UFC lightweight combatants. “The Young Assassin” has proved his worth and now he is worth a UFC lightweight title shot, and that’s a statement.

VIDEO: UFC 132 Post-Fight Press Conference – Melvin Guillard

Melvin Guillard gets his hand raised at UFC 132. (photo: Adam Metcalf/

UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard talks about his victory over Shane Roller at UFC 132, believing he is the top contender in the division, and wanting to fight in Houston.

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VIDEO: UFC 132 Post-Fight Press Conference – Dennis Siver

Dennis Siver celebrates his victory at UFC 132 (Adam Metcalf/

Fresh off his victory at UFC 132, Dennis Siver talks about his fight with Matt Wiman, fighting Melvin Guillard, and more.

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UFC 132: Melvin Guillard not overlooking Shane Roller en route to being No. 1

Being No. 1 is all that matters to Melvin Guillard, and after 15 years of being in the game, he believes people better recognize.

Guillard meets WEC veteran Shane Roller on Saturday at UFC 132 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  Guillard is motivated for the challenge the former Oklahoma State wrestler brings to the fight, but leading up to the match the TUF 2 participant mentioned that he thought he would be fighting somebody a little more recognizable after his previous fight.

Guillard recently defeated Evan Dunham with a flying-knee knockout in the first round, and he is riding a four-fight winning streak, not to mention winning seven of his last eight.  This made it puzzling why Guillard is not fighting somebody ranked a little higher in the UFC lightweight division, than Roller.  Nonetheless, Guillard vows to continue to prove his worth through hard work and terrific performances, and ignore the rankings, because second place is still a loser in his eyes.

“Rankings are a number, and that’s it,” Guillard told  “I just have to keep fighting hard and making statements.  They speak for themselves.  The only ranking that really matters is being No. 1.  Unless you’re No. 1, all the other numbers don’t even matter, because being the No. 1 contender is just like being the first-place loser.  When you run track the silver medal is like the first-place loser, so unless you got the gold around your waist, it really doesn’t matter.”

Guillard is not taking anything away from Roller, and says it’s a mistake to think he is taking this fight lightly.

Guillard trains with the famed Greg Jackson’s MMA team in Albuquerque, and the place comes equipped with great fighters, trainers, and arguably the best coach in MMA.   The gym provides Guillard with an opportunity to train alongside some of the best fighters the world has to offer without bringing in guests or visiting a multitude of gyms.  Even though Guillard stayed with the same gym he has been using for the last few years, the former Division I wrestler decided to step it up a notch during this camp.

“Training went great,” Guillard said.  “I did a lot of CrossFit, and strength and conditioning.  I took my training to another level with this camp.  I spent eight weeks at Jackson’s for my camp.  Jon Chaimberg came in, he works with George (St-Pierre), he came in and worked with me a bit.  But other than that, there was nobody different.  I have a great group of guys here, so I don’t have to bring people in.  We have the wrestlers, we have the strikers, we have the ground guys, we have everything.  The one thing about our gym is that we’re not one dimensional, we have everything you need.”

Guillard’s new level of training, coupled with his usual training partners, makes for a fierce competitor come fight night.  His confidence is on a level that makes him believe, even with Roller’s strong wrestling background, the three-time All-America will have to fight Guillard’s fight.

“The Young Assassin” thinks domination is inevitable, and longevity plays a role into that.  Plus, he believes he is simply better in every area.

“I can dominate him all across the board,” Guillard said.  “I’m going to make it my fight, I don’t fight other people’s fights, I fight my fight.  I’ll bring the fight to him, and then he’ll have to adjust.  He’s a strong wrestler, but like I tell everyone else, it’s not a wrestling match.  I have a wrestling background just like him; I’m not as decorated in it because I chose to do MMA at the time I was in college.  I’ve been around this sport for 15 years, and guys are going to start respecting that.

“He’s a strong wrestler, but I don’t see him being faster than me on the feet.  I see him having trouble with the takedowns, I even see him having trouble trying to hold me down.  The things he’s strong at are the things I’m great at, so I’m not worried about anything.  I’m going in confident, and just stay calm and just pull the trigger.”

During training camp for Guillard’s UFC 132 bout he spent time producing a video blog with the UFC.  It highlighted the lightweight’s life outside of the Octagon, with a glimpse of him training.  He admitted that it was a lot of fun to do.  Guillard is happy with the final product, which came out on this week.

“I did a four-day video blog for the UFC, blogging my life outside of fighting,” Guillard said.  ”I got a little bit of training in there, because I didn’t want to completely do the training, but I got me and my wife and the dogs just hanging out.  I went golfing with my chiropractic doctor, and just enjoy life and relaxing.”

If Guillard prevails victorious over Roller, his options of next opponent are limited to top tier competitors with big names.  Those are the fights that will help “The Young Assassin” achieve his goal of the No. 1 spot.  Guillard is not looking past Roller, but his eye is on the prize, and the WEC veteran is in the way, but not for long.

“It’ll be a first-round knockout,” Gullard predicted.  “And even if it isn’t, my hand will still be getting raised at the end of the day.”

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