Once the UFC cut longtime Lightweight Melvin Guillard, it was only a matter of time before another organization picked him up. Earlier this week, the World Series of Fighting signed Guillard to a contract, but did not announce a debut fight for him.
The question is, who should Melvin Guillard fight in his WSOF debut?
Guillard wants to debut in July, which must mean he will likely be on the WSOF 11 card that features both the Welterweight and Lightweight title fights.
Considering Guillard’s name and popularity, he will likely be put directly into a #1 contender’s bout for the WSOF Lightweight championship.
The WSOF Lightweights that are available and make sense include Luis Palomino, JZ Cavalcante, and Lewis Gonzales. Both Cavalcante and Gonzales were set to fight against Justin Gaethje for the inaugural Lightweight title at WSOF 8, but were forced to pull out with injuries.
WSOF also has Rich Patishnock, Tyson Griffin, and Jacob Volkmann on their roster, but each one of them lost their last fight.
Luis Palomino is coming off an impressive KO victory over Jorge Patino at WSOF 8. With Palomino’s penchant for knockouts, 12 in 22 career victories, fans would be guaranteed an exciting fight with Guillard.
Yesterday, Palomino took to Twitter to state his case to face off against Guillard:
— luis palomino (@luisbaboon) April 9, 2014
JZ Cavalcante last fought in August, where he knocked out former UFC veteran, Tyson Griffin in the third round. Cavalcante then lost his title shot due to injury, but is now ready to return to action.
In the end, the two most likely competitors to take on Guillard in his WSOF debut are Palomino and Cavalcante. Both men are deserving of the fight, and both men would provide for an exciting show.