UFC officials Wednesday announced the first booking for UFC on Fox
8, as Melvin
Guillard takes on fellow lightweight Mac Danzig at
the July 27 event.
The event takes place at Seattle’s Key Arena, and the show’s main
card airs live on Fox’s flagship network. Fox-owned cable station
FX is expected to handle the evening’s undercard.
Guillard enters the contest having recently left the Blackzilians
camp in Florida with the intention of rejoining Jackson’s MMA in
Albuquerque, N.M. However, “The Young Assassin” was not allowed
back into the fold, according to a source close to the gym.
Guillard, 30, rides back-to-back defeats into his showdown with
Danzig, most recently falling via split decision to former WEC
champion Jamie Varner
on Dec. 29 at UFC 155.
Danzig last competed in November, when he dropped a split decision
to onetime Pride Fighting Championships ruler Takanori
Gomi at UFC on Fuel TV 6. Danzig has alternated wins and losses
in his last six fights over the last three years, picking up wins
Buchholz, Joe Stevenson
Escudero while falling to Matt Wiman
(twice) and “The Fireball Kid.”
The UFC last visited Seattle in December, when the Las Vegas-based
promotion hosted UFC on Fox 5 at the same arena. That event saw
Henderson retain his lightweight title in the main event,
taking a one-sided unanimous decision from challenger Nate Diaz.