Melvin Guillard – the ancient TUF vet who bounced around from the UFC to WSOF and now Bellator – has been a shadow of his former self in the past few years, and that’s to be expected, as he’s gotten old and was never one of the elite. And when he failed to make weight for last night’s Bellator 159 co-main event against former contender David Rickels, well, it was just Guillard being Guillard, you know?
But the dude has still got a bit of that danger left in him.
“The Caveman” wanted to avoid getting into a slugging contest, and he did so more or less by pressing Guillard against the cage, where the pressure would wore the veteran down and make his fists less deadly. However, he didn’t smother Guillard quite enough, and at the two minute mark a flurry of fists and elbows had Rickels crumbling. Guillard followed him down, and finished him with more of the same, prompting the referee to jump in.
When Bellator signed Guillard on, they were buying someone with a bit of name recognition to build their other fighters up. It seems they may have gotten someone still capable of winning in the bargain, though.
Result: Melvin Guillard def. David Rickels via TKO (Punches and Elbows) at 2:14, R1