Melvin Guillard has now won just 2 of his last 8 fights. Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

UFC release Melvin Guillard after eight-plus year stint


Mixed martial arts can be a cruel sport, and the UFC cutting ties with veteran Melvin Guillard shows just that.

After a run of five wins, including three first round knockouts, many felt Guillard had done enough to earn a title shot. The whole Edgar-Maynard debacle occurred, with Pettis also affected, and this forced Melvin to take another fight which many considered a ‘tune-up’. This fight was at UFC 132 in October 2011 against fellow veteran Joe Lauzon, and this is where it all went downhill.

Guillard came into the fight visibly very confident and comfortable, bobbing up and down and trying to land explosive punches. However Lauzon caught him, followed Guillard to the ground and submitted him just 47 seconds into the contest in one of the shock wins of 2011. Since that day, Guillard was only able to win two of his next seven contests – including the NC against Ross Pearson – and his latest loss has sent him packing.

‘The Young Assassin’ looked back to his best with a brutal knockout over recently retired Mac Danzig, but after a controversial No Contest against Pearson back in October, he was scheduled to rematch the Brit in his own backyard. Pearson suffered an injury which took him out of the contest and he was replaced by highly touted prospect Michael Johnson.

Guillard fought Johnson almost three weeks ago, and never seemed to get going. His seemingly patient approach ended out to be a lacklustre performance worthy of getting cut for, and Johnson lit him up throughout the bout, even rocking him on a couple of occasions, and was awarded the unanimous decision.

Just 30 years old, Guillard has more than enough potential to work his way back to the UFC, though should he sign for Bellator this may not be so simple. 31-13-2 (2 NC) as a professional, Melvin has fought a staggering forty-eight times in just over 11 years in the sport, and leaves the UFC with a 12-9 (1NC) record.

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