Melvin Guillard couldn’t really cut it in the UFC, and he apparently hated fighting for the World Series of Fighting with a fire that burned hotter than a thousand suns. But lo! He’s now a Bellator man, as per a press release from the number two MMA organization in the world.
BELLATOR MMA INKS LIGHTWEIGHT KNOCKOUT ARTIST MELVIN GUILLARD TO A MULTI-YEAR, MULTI-FIGHT DEAL
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 4, 2015) – Bellator MMA officials are proud to announce that they have signed MMA fan-favorite Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard (32-14-2) to a multi-year, multi-fight contract.
A debut date and opponent will be announced for Guillard in the near future.
At only 32 years of age, “The Young Assassin” has amassed 50 professional bouts in a career that dates back to 2002. With 21 victories coming by KO, Guillard has generated a large fan base with his exciting fighting style.
Born in New Orleans, the knockout artist has honed his skills at some of the top MMA gyms in the world including Jackson’s MMA, Blackzilians, Grudge Training Center and American Top Team, where he currently trains. During his 22-fight stint with Ultimate Fighting Championship, Guillard broke MMA great BJ Penn’s record for most KO’s in the lightweight division with eight, an accolade which he still holds to this day.
“We are excited to have Melvin coming onboard,” said Bellator President Scott Coker. “With competitors the likes of Lightweight Champion Will Brooks, Michael Chandler, Marcin Held, Derek Anderson, Saad Awad, Dave Jansen and Patricky Pitbull on the roster already, the matchup possibilities for an exciting fighter like him are endless.”
Guillard owns victories over notable names that include Marcus Davis, Dennis Siver, Gleison Tibau, Evan Dunham, and Jeremy Stephens.
So, how will Guillard do in Bellator? Obviously, it depends which version of Melvin shows up. If he’s motivated and happy to be there, he could likely provide a decent scrap for the 145-pound elite. Sure, Patricio Pitbull, Pat Curran and Daniel Straus will smash him, but Guillard is always one punch away from concussive joy, so it would make for worthy television.
Of course, if unhappy Guillard shows up… bleh. He’s going to get smashed.