"So I'm close to both of those guys the same. Whatever happened with them, that's their business. I think eventually everybody, they'll get over it and everyone will be cool again. If it takes for them to have to fight, I promise you after they fight they'll be cool. They'll scrap and tap. And that's how families are. I've got into fights with my blood brothers. We beat the crap out of each other and then we'd love each other an hour later."
As for Guillard's himself, he wants nothing more than to follow in both men's footsteps and earn a title. He'll likely have to get by a couple of top contenders before getting his shot, he's facing WEC transplant Shane Roller at UFC 132 next month, but, he's hopeful that when he does, he'll be face current champion Frankie Edgar.
"I'll knock him out," said Guillard. "I'm that confident in my skills and how hard I hit. You watch a lot of these guys fight, they're really not finishers. And Frankie Edgar's one of them. But he's a great champion. I like what they guys doing and I got nothing bad to say about him, but from a fighting standpoint, and I'm only speaking as a fighter not as Melvin, I would knock him out and he's definitely not one of those guys that hits very hard.
"He did show in the Grey Maynard fight that he can take a punch, but like I said, I have a killer instinct that's like no other. So if he's still holding the belt by the time I get to fight for the title, I'll be happy. I'm not going to say it's going to be an easy fight or a cakewalk, but I'll bet my bottom dollar that I'll finish Frankie Edgar. Right now, I feel like I'm the number one 155 pound fighter in the UFC and it's only a matter of time before I get to prove it to the world."
One thing Guillard has proven consistently over the course of his career is that speed kills, and his hands are ranked among the best in the division. With fighters like Eddie Alvarez, Gilbert Melendez, Maynard and Edgar, that's saying quite a bit.
So who does Guillard believe possesses the best hands in the division?
"I do. I'm the best 155 striker, period. Hands down," Guillard said. "The reason I say that is when you look at these other guys, Gilbert Melendez, Eddie Alverez, when I'm in the cage, I'm hardly taking any damage. I can count on my hands over the past few fights how many times I got hit. A lot of people thought I got hit a lot in the Jeremy Stephens fight. Jeremy Stephens barely hit me every time he swung. And I pride myself on that. But like I said, I feel I'm the best. But I do respect their striking abilities. There's a lot of fighters out that have good striking, but I'm just more of an explosive guy and I think that's what helps my striking to look as good as it looks."
Interestingly, aside from switching camps, working hard and listening to his corner, Guillard also points to a very unlikely source for his career resurgence.
"Right now I'm playing a lot of golf," Guillard said. "And people wouldn't think that playing golf can help your fighting, but it's really helped my mental game. It's...