First-Ever UFC on FX Telecast to Feature Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller
For the first time in over two years, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is headed back to the Music City, with Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena serving as the host for its first-ever UFC on FX broadcast. Featured in the main event of the card, which takes place on January 20th, will be a lightweight encounter that pits Melvin Guillard (29-9-2) against Jim Miller (20-3).
“For our first live event on FX, we wanted to deliver an incredible fight for the fans, and Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller should be a war,” UFC President Dana White stated. “These are two of the top ranked lightweights in the UFC, and both have a lot on the line as they want to get back in the title picture. Miller is known for relentless pressure. There is absolutely no quit in him. He has won Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night awards. Melvin Guillard is one of the most explosive athletes in the lightweight division. He has won the Knockout of the Night award twice. I expect more awards to be won in this fight.”
Guillard won the first 11 competitions of his professional MMA career, eventually earning a shot at the UFC when he was selected to participate in the second season of The Ultimate Fighter. Despite an in-season decision loss to Josh Burkman, the New Orleans native fought on the undercard of the finale and defeated Marcus Davis by second round TKO. IN 15 total bouts in the UFC, Guillard has accumulated a 10-5 overall record.
“The fans in Nashville better be ready for fireworks when me and Miller go at it,” Guillard remarked. “I see Fight of the Year written all over this one. I’ve got a lot of respect for him, and I know how phenomenal he is inside the Octagon, but I’ve wanted this fight for a while and I’ll be ready. This is a great opportunity for me, and I’m honored to be a part of history in headlining the first ever UFC on FX event.”
Standing opposite Guillard that Friday evening will be Miller, who is a scrappy New Jersey resident known for his resilience and toughness. Before suffering a loss to top UFC lightweight contender Benson Henderson this past August, he won 15 of his previous 16 matches, with the only loss coming via decision to former UFC top lightweight contender Gray Maynard. The only other blemish on his professional record came at the hands of current UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar when the Toms River native took his Reality Fighting Title in 2006. In addition to holding the lightweight championship for Reality Fighting, Miller has also held the belt for Cage Fury Fighting Championships.
“Melvin has proven that he’s a dangerous opponent, but he’s also proven that his weaknesses can cost him, and his weaknesses are my strengths,” Miller said. “We’re going to show the fans in Nashville and the fans watching on FX why we were chosen to headline this event. You’ve got two of the best guys in the division in a fight that I highly doubt will go the distance. Don’t blink because this thing could end at any moment.”
Also on tap for the Nashville card is a welterweight pairing between Duane Ludwig (21-11) and Josh Neer (32-10-1), in addition to a heavyweight encounter that features Pat Barry (6-4) against Christian Morecraft (7-2).