As expected, Melvin Guillard has found a new home. Jeremy Botter of Bleacher Report is reporting that Guillard has signed a multi-fight deal with World Series of Fighting. “The Young Assassin” has also confirmed the news via his Twitter Account.
Just signed with WSOF it feeling good to be apart of something different its time to make some real money and get that belt.
— Melvin Guillard (@Young__Assassin) April 8, 2014
Guillard, who was recently cut from his long-time home at UFC, has fallen on hard times lately, going 2-5, 1 NC in his last eight fights. A veteran of the Ultimate Fighter Season 2, Melvin Guillard’s career with the UFC can be best described as a rollercoaster ride, with considerable highs and devastating lows. Guillard’s first fight with the promotion was at the TUF 2 finale against Marcus Davis, a fight he won by stoppage due to cuts. During the early part of his time with the UFC, Melvin would go a respectable 5-4.
Guillard would then go on his best run since he started his career 11-0. After his submission loss to Nate Diaz at UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard, Melvin went 5-0, which included stoppages of Waylon Lowe, Evan Dunham, and Shane Roller. Guillard, however, could not close the deal on earning a title shot, as he would get submitted by Joe Lauzon at UFC 136, a fight that began the aforementioned 2-5, 1 NC stretch.
“The Young Assassin” will now fight for a new promotion for the first time in nearly six years (he did take one fight with RITC back in 2008,) and will look to get back to what made him one of the most dangerous fighters at 155.
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Izzy’s Input: As soon as Melvin Guillard got released from the UFC, it was expected that he would sign with WSOF. This is a great signing for the promotion, as Guillard would provide a stiff test to both the champion, Justin Gaethje, and rising contender, Nick Newell. The sad thing about Guillard is that he has just about as much raw talent as anyone else on the UFC roster, but has never really been able to put it all together. For evidence on that, one need not look any further than his record, which shows that his first six UFC losses all came via submission. He would ultimately lose nine fights in the promotion, getting stopped in seven of those bouts. WSOF gives Melvin Guillard a shot at redeeming himself, but in order to do so, he will have to go through some of the young lions currently under contract.