Current World Series of Fighting contender and former UFC superstar Melvin Guillard (34-14-2-2) recently talked to Submission radio about his annoyances in the promotion he is currently apart of. In his last outing, he lost a very close split decision to the current WSOF Lightweight Champion, Justin Gaethje. The bout wasn’t for the title as Melvin came in over weight.
“I mean to be honest I still think I won that fight, but when you miss you weight and you don’t finish the champion, of course it can go in his favor,” Guillard told Submission Radio. “The only thing I did wrong was not finish. I’m the better athlete, you know what I mean? I just wasn’t in the best shape I should have been in. I had trouble making weight. So all those things played a factor, and then when I missed weight and I wasn’t fighting for the title, I was already mentally beat anyway. You know what I mean? And on top of that, I let them take 50 percent of my purse. So technically speaking I shouldn’t have even gotten in the ring, but on top of that, you know after I agreed to take the fight, Ali [Abdelaziz] the promoter for World Series, he promised me a fight like a lot sooner. I was supposed to fight in February and then he kind of reneged on that.”
The loss dropped Guillard to 1-1 in the promotion, a promotion that he’s not too fond of the management of.
“Al Abdul Aziz kind of reneged on some of his promises and it’s funny, they never answer their phone when I need to talk to them, but yet when they want me to do interviews and they want something from me, they want to try and force me to do it. So there’s a lot of things in the company that I’m not happy about, and I’m the type of person [that] I’m always going to speak my mind, and there’s already other places that want to sign me. So I’m gonna go in this fight next week, I’m going to fight my ass off.”
Guillard will take on Ozzy Dugulubgov (6-2) this Friday night in the co-main event of WSOF 20. Melvin wants to win fast, get back to the UFC and tell the WSOF his thoughts.
“I’m going to win this fight impressively so that way I have options; I have choices, because ultimately, I’m going back to the UFC anyway. I’m going to let them know how I feel, for when you fuck over Melvin Guillard and not give him what he asked for after he swallows his pride, and takes a fight, and lets them take 50 percent; and I still fight for them, I still give them a good show [in] that last fight, even though I didn’t make weight and fight for the title; but yet the fact that Ali didn’t man up and follow his promise, you know right now it’s a little bit personal to me.”
Then Guillard goes on to compare winning the WSOF lightweight title to being in the UFC. Or in his mind, there is no comparison.
“To be honest, instead of being the World Series of Fighting champion I’d rather be in the UFC just fighting in the top 10 and probably never becoming the UFC world champion, if I had that option. If I had the option to be the World Series champion right now, or go back to the UFC to finish off my career with the UFC, whether I get a title shot or not, I would take that UFC contract over a World Series [contract] any day.”