Longtime UFC Lightweight contender, Melvin Guillard, has been released from the UFC after a nine year run inside the organization. Guillard most recently fought at UFC Fight Night 38 in London, losing to former training partner, Michael Johnson by unanimous decision.
Guillard was criticized by Johnson and Dana White for refusing to engage during the fight. It was certainly an off performance from Guillard, who usually is one of the most exciting fighters in the world.
Guillard has been with the UFC since 2005, when he was a contestant on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter. He secured his roster spot in the UFC with a TKO victory over Marcus Davis at the finale. Since then, he has gone 12-9 in the UFC with many spectacular KO highlights. Guillard’s best run in the UFC came in 2010-2011 when he won five fights in a row. After his five fight winning streak, Guillard only managed a 2-5 record with one no contest before being cut from the organization.
Guillard still has plans to compete in Mixed Martial Arts and could find himself in either Bellator of World Series of Fighting at some point this year. Initial reports is that Guillard’s manager, Malki Kawi, refuses to work with Bellator for unspecified reasons at the time of publishing. Expect to see Guillard test his mettle in WSOF later this year.