Veteran lightweight Melvin Guillard (pictured) was unemployed for 17 whole days. Guillard has signed a multi-bout agreement with World Series of Fighting.
As customary with MMA contracts, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“I’m excited to start a new chapter in my career,” Guillard expressed in a statement. “I feel like a new fighter and want to prove I’m one of, if not the best, in the world.”
Guillard was released from the UFC last month after his lackluster unanimous decision defeat to Michael Johnson.
“The Young Assassin” emerged onto the UFC scene as a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 2″ back in November 2005. Guillard 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 31-year-old owns an extensive 31-13-2 (2 NC) overall professional record.
“Melvin is an amazing fighter with an energetic style that has earned him a massive, loyal fan base, ” said WSOF president Ray Sefo. “He’s a guy that comes to fight every time he enters the cage, and I’m excited to see how he fares in our lightweight division.”
Guillard is expected to make his WSOF debut this summer.