Veteran Melvin Guillard (pictured) has found a new home … again. The oft-unhappy lightweight has inked a multi-fight deal to join Bellator MMA.
“We are excited to have Melvin coming onboard,” said Bellator president Scott Coker. “With competitors the likes of Lightweight Champion Will Brooks, Michael Chandler, Marcin Held, Derek Anderson, Saad Awad, Dave Jansen and Patricky Pitbull on the roster already, the matchup possibilities for an exciting fighter like him are endless.”
This marks the third promotion Guillard has been linked to in the past 14 months. After getting cut by the UFC following a lackluster unanimous decision defeat to Michael Johnson in March 2014, “The Young Assassin” joined World Series of Fighting. He split his two bouts with the promotion before requesting his release last week.
Guillard was most recently seen dropping a split decision to WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje in November. The tango was changed to a non-title, 159-pound catchweight contest because Guillard missed weight by four astonishing pounds.
Guillard emerged onto the MMA 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.
No word when the 32-year-old will make his Bellator debut.