UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard was pulled from his UFC 90 bout against Spencer Fisher last week, however the reason for his withdrawal was unknown. It has now come to light that the rambunctious fighter had been arrested, and is currently in custody at the Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas for a probation violation stemming from a 2007 drug charge. He is set to be released to a drug treatment facility as soon as space becomes available.
Guillard looked very impressive in his last UFC outing in which he defeated Dennis Silver via TKO in the 1stRound at UFC 86. It seemed as though he had pulled his life and career back together after his eight month suspension in 2007 for a positive cocaine test. Guillard discussed his growth as a person after that embarrassing ordeal on TAGG Radio.
“I got busted, but I don’t care about the media and all that,” Guillard said. “I care more about hurting my family. I embarrassed my mom. My dad, he passed away a year and a half ago, but if he was here, he would have been upset, too. … I felt bad because I embarrassed my mother and my church members.
“I didn’t straighten up because of all the bad talk. I straightened up because it was the right thing to do,” Guillard went on to say. “(But now) I’m sober. I’m not hanging out or partying. I’m just training.”
Sherdog.com was the first to report on Guillard’s arrest. The UFC has yet to comment on the situation, and details regarding the probation violation were yet to be released.