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UFC 155 Round-by-Round Review: Jamie Varner vs. Melvin Guillard

In a bout a few weeks extra in the making, lightweights Jamie Varner (20-7-1) and Melvin Guillard (30-11-2) square off. These two were originally set to meet at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz, but Varner fell ill hours before the planned bout. Chris Tognoni will be the referee.

Round 1: A touch of gloves from the two despite a less-than-cordial staredown Friday. Guillard throwing some heavy punches, as he is fighting very smart after seeming very emotional prior to the bell. Varner lands a big left after avoiding a series of Guillard strikes. Guillard with a strike that misses, and Varner counters. Varner shoots for a leg and Guillard fends it off with ease. A very restless crowd, as they have been booing the action for the better part of the prelims. Varner unloads and drops Guillard, who bounces right back up and gets dropped again as the round ends. Varner attempted a guillotine choke but was unable to secure it before the bell sounded.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Varner

Round 2: Varner attacks and gets the takedown. Varner stands up and unloads, but is unable to get the takedown back as Guillard drops him. Submission attempt by Guillard is fended off by Varner. Exchange of rights and Guillard fires off a leg kick. Varner with a pair of lefts and Guillard comes back with two right jabs. Varner with a combo as he catches Guillard against the fence. Head kick blocked by Varner, who lands another left. Varner shoots and gets a takedown with two minutes to go in the round. Guillard to his feet and out of the lock of Varner, he unloads a big left that backs Varner up. Another left, and a body shot by Guillard. Varner tags Guillard with a right to the chin. Both men go for a kick and Guillard catches Varner's below the belt, dropping to the mat in intense pain. Guillard is back up and ready to go with 30 seconds left in the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Guillard

Round 3: Varner powers in and easily takes Guillard down with little defense by "The Young Assassin." Varner appears to be going for a choke, but gives up position while attempting to lock it in. Blood on the leg of Varner, but unsure where it came from. Guillard with a nice right, and Varner gets up and back to his feet. Varner shoots again and gets the takedown, frustrating Guillard. Varner in control, peppering the face and body with rights. Varner ducks a right and scores another takedown with just under two minutes to go. Varner has been successful on six of his eight takedown attempts. Guillard tries to get out and Varner ends up on his back, but Guillard tosses him and grabs hold of his neck. Varner spins and powers into guard. Nice little exchange of position there by the two, with Varner ending up in control. Guillard kicks out and they square off with 20 seconds left. Guillard finishes the bout strong, connecting with a body shot and working for a choke. The two embrace afterwards, as the hard feelings appear to be over.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Guillard

Jamie Varner def. Melvin Guillard via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)

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