UFC veteran Melvin Guillard was released from the company today after losing to Michael Johnson by unanimous decision on March 8th. The Young Assassin fought 22 times for the organization but had only won once in his last five outings. Over the course of his career with Dana White and company, the American Top Team product went 12-9 with one no contest. He’ll walk away from the UFC as a polarizing figure who was at times as troubled as he was exciting.
The future should still be rather bright for the 30-year-old. Malki Kawa, Guillard’s manager, posted on Twitter that numerous promotions are already lining up for his client’s services. Makes sense considering the Louisiana native won three Knockout of the Night honors and two Fight of the Night awards while under the Zuffa banner. A move to Bellator MMA seems to make logical sense here.
Guillard’s professional MMA record stands at 31-13-2 with 2 no contests as we move further into spring. His first fight came all the way back in 2002 when he beat Calvin Martin by unanimous decision at Battle of New Orleans 1. During the rest of his 12 year career, Guillard exchanged hands with top opponents like Nate Diaz, Donald Cerrone, and Dennis Siver. While all athletes want to fight the best, Melvin should find the sledding in other lightweight divisions outside the UFC much more favorable. A few wins in a row and he might find himself right back where he’s been since November 2005.
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