Melvin Guillard Speaks About Training With Greg Jackson

UFC Lightweight Fighter Melvin Guillard told Heavy.com…

I’ve been through a lot in my career. I’ve had some ups and downs, but I use it to learn. I’ve made nearly every mistake I could make in the past, but I feel like I’m ready to come into my own a little bit. I’ve only been with Coach Greg for two-and-a-half weeks. When I got the footage [of Stevenson vs. Diaz] to get ready for my own fight with Diaz, I could hear the way Greg was talking to Joe, keeping him calm and stuff. That inspired me to seek him out – I could tell he was a great trainer just by the way he kept Joe calm during the fight. I have to get the mental game down, and that’s what Greg is helping me out with. I need to work on not getting down on myself when a fight’s not going my way. That always stresses me out and I make bad decisions and it leads to mistakes. Everybody’s seen that in the past. Every fight I’ve lost has been one that I’ve been winning, but because of bad decision-making and the pressure, I tended to make mistakes or give up on myself during the fight. Working with Greg is definitely helping me with that aspect of my game.  My jits [jiu-jitsu] is an area that I need to improve in, too. Right now I’m living and staying with Joe Stevenson while I’m in Albuquerque and we’re working on things around the clock. He’s showing me all his ways to escape guillotines and D’arce chokes and all that, so right now I’m continuing to get better in the areas I’m lacking, which is my ground game, my jits. All I can say is that I’m finally in a place where I dreamed of being. I’m so excited and ready to see what I can do now that I have world class training.

Melvin Guillard speaks about training with Greg Jackson in New Mexico and his upcoming bout with UFC newcomer Ronnys Torres.  Guillard has show tons of potential, but has been up and down in his UFC career.  With the proper training and solid game planning Melvin could be a real force in the UFC, but he will have his hands full with the Nova Unao trained Torres.

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