In this month’s lackluster unanimous decision defeat to Michael Johnson, lightweight Melvin Guillard (pictured) performed as though he didn’t want to be inside the Octagon. Well, that won’t be an issue for Guillard anymore.
The UFC has cut Guillard following his latest loss.
MMAFighting.com first reported Guillard’s release from the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion.
Although UFC president Dana White refused to issue Guillard his pink slip immediately after his defeat to Johnson, the writing appeared to be plastered all over the cage wall.
“There’s no doubt that Melvin ran the entire fight and was incredibly passive, the complete opposite of how he used to fight,” a disappointed White expressed at the post-fight press conference.
Guillard emerged onto the UFC scene as a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 2” back in November 2005. “The Young Assassin” had a roller coaster career in the UFC, which lead to his one-fight departure after losing to Rich Clementi in 2007.
Guillard’s best run started in early 2010 when he rattled off five straight wins, finishing off three of those victims in devastating fashion. A UFC lightweight title bout appeared to be on the horizon, but he inexplicably embarked on a 2-5 (1 NC) skid.
The 30-year-old owns an extensive 31-13-2 (2 NC) overall professional record.
Given his résumé and reputation in MMA, don’t be surprised if Guillard ultimately winds up with Bellator MMA.