Melvin Guillard’s run in the UFC has come to an end after 22 bouts.
Guillard’s manager, Malki Kawa, confirmed the news of Guillard’s release to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com.
The release of Guillard is somewhat surprising, yet still expected. Most who watch the UFC would have never thought they would see the day that Guillard was cut, but with Guillard’s large contract and less than stellar results as of late, it was only a matter of time before the promotion cut ties with ‘The Young Assassin.’
Guillard is 1-3 with 1 no contest in his past five fights, which is career suicide for most inside the UFC. If that wasn’t bad enough, Guillard’s last bout, a unanimous decision loss to Michael Johnson, was a largely lackluster affair where Guillard rarely pressed the action and fought very defensively.
Even though Guillard’s UFC run ended in a fairy boring bout, Guillard’s UFC career will be remembered for its high octane bouts that usually ended in a brutal fashion. Guillard showcased some of the best knockout power in the UFC. His list of knockout victims include high profile fighters such as Mac Danzig, Evan Dunham, Dennis Siver, and Shane Roller.
The next step for Guillard is a bit hazy at the moment. Usually when a big name is released by the UFC, the first name that gets brought up as a possible landing spot for the athlete is Bellator MMA. Kawa is notable as an MMA manager because he refuses to do business with Bellator. If Guillard wants to end up with Bellator he will have to use Kawa’s brother, Abraham Kawa, for negotiations.
World Series of Fighting seems to be the most logical destination for Guillard. They will be able to offer him a top dollar contract and guarantee him exposure through their broadcast deal with NBCSports. Signing Guillard would also make sense for the promotion as he would bring the company star-power and be a great name for current WSOF Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje to compete against.
Wherever Guillard ends up, the deal will likely be closed soon. Kawa tweeted the following this morning:
Phone hasn’t stopped ringing this morning from all these promotions in ref to @Young__Assassin
— malki kawa (@malkikawa) March 21, 2014
For the latest on Guillard’s MMA future, visit SciFighting.com.