Melvin Guillard, who first appeared in the Octagon during the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, and who endeared himself to us with his poor choice of hair dye and ability to both suck and be awesome at the same time, was cut by the UFC yesterday. Considering that “The Young Assassin” has only won twice in his last eight fights, maybe this move by the UFC doesn’t come as a surprise to you. Regardless, it marks the dawn of a new era – the Era of Guillard in Bellator (or the WSOF, or some regional sandbox like Legacy FC or RFA or whatever).
Guillard, you see, probably still has some good miles left in him. Sure, he looked like crap in his last fight against Michael Johnson, and he was put away pretty easily by the likes of Joe Lauzon and Donald Cerrone. But he’s still got a bit of explosiveness left in him, and his experience and ability would put him near the top of the lightweight shark tank Bellator possesses.
He’d certainly rule the roost in WSOF or anywhere else.
When it comes to stacking up against Bellator’s 155 pounders, Guillard would stand no change against Eddie Alvarez or Michael Chandler. But the rest of the bunch, like Patricky Pitbull, Dave Rickels and Marcin Held? Our favorite TUF 2 veteran would either have a great battle with them or smash them outright.
Another compelling option would be to have Guillard go through a Bellator tournament. Sure, like all UFC castoffs, he runs the risk of getting smoked by a nobody (see: Lavar Johnson and King Mo). However, he also runs the risk of putting his fist through a nobody’s chest and pulling it out with a beating and bloody heart in his hand – and that’s cool.
So mourn not for where Guillard is no longer. Instead, celebrate where he’s going next. He may no longer have the ability to build any momentum in the Octagon, but he will slay dudes everywhere else.