After 22 Fights, UFC Releases Melvin Guillard

March 21, 2014
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Melvin Guillard UFC 119-081-478x270After 22 fights inside the famed UFC Octagon, lightweight Melvin Guillard was released by the promotion. first reported the news on Friday and Guillard’s manager, Malki Kawa, later confirmed the development via Twitter.

Guillard (31-13-2, 2 NC) participated on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, but was eliminated from the competition after losing a unanimous decision to Josh Burkman. Through 2010 and 2011, Guillard rose through the ranks by putting together a five-fight winning streak and was on the cusp of a title shot. His championship hopes were dashed at UFC 136 when he lost to Joe Lauzon by first-round submission.

In has last eight outings, Guillard has lost five fights while winning only two. He was on his way to a victory over Ross Pearson on Oct. 26, 2013, but after delivering an illegal knee, the fight was ruled a No Contest. He last fought on March 8, losing a unanimous decision to Michael Johnson at UFC Fight Night 37.

The 30-year-old will not likely stay on the open market for long, and speculation has already begun about what promotion he’ll sign with. Kawa has criticized Bellator MMA in the past and stated that he will not do business with the promotion, but that doesn’t mean Guillard won’t.

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    He just needs to stack few victories together, then he’ll be back in the UFC for sure

    • Seth

      Unless he signs with Viacom MMA. Then he may not be allowed to sign with anyone till he dies.

  • DamianCross

    Suggest changing this article’s headline to “UFC FINALLY GROWS BRAIN: GUILLARD OUT; JOE ROGAN HOPEFULLY NEXT”

    • Damincrosss

      Why are you hateing on joe for buddy

    • Brent

      Dude you’re crazy. Joe Rogan makes the UFC that much more exciting. He is animated, which I like, but he is extremely knowledgeable.

    • Shocked_n_Awed

      Joe says “Ouch!”

      • Shocked_n_Awed

        Awww – supposed to be a gif, so you see him recoiling in pain from the heavy blow dished out by DamianCross! Live and learn. 🙂

    • uncle

      Joe is the best he is real and honest with great
      MMA IQ, thin skin people like yourself shouldn’t
      watch UFC if you get upset when some1 is
      doing their job, suggest changing the headline to

      • Baller31

        Wow, you’re an idiot. Rogan is the most biased announcer ever, but that’s what you get when you make a mediocre comedian a ringside announcer. I personally like to listen to someone with real mma knowledge, such as florian or sonnen. I also think rich franklin would be a great fit.

    • BobLemons

      Joe is the best personality in MMA.

  • tyrone

    Guillard has had more chances than anyone in ufc

  • J.D.C.D.

    I guess Guillard will be WSOF bound or the promotion Askren is at now. Legacy FC? I don’t remember. Either way best of luck to these guys who have been cut. I wonder if Nam Phan is next to be cut from the UFC?

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    Talented fighter but squandered more 2nd chances than any other UFC fighter EVER, plus he gassed and tapped out quickly in a lot of fights, doesn’t have the heart to make it through a tough fight

  • michigan love

    Guillard is a fun fighter to watch, has always put on exciting performances, winning or losing. IDK what the UFC is thinking? I mean this guy fights hard, doesn’t win every match but goes out there and gives a 100% effort, and on any given night has the opportunity for an upset victory. I think it’s a loss for the UFC, everyone can’t be winners, and if your going to bring up a young fighter in the UFC, who better to fight than an experienced fighter like Guillard? The UFC should reconsider letting Melvin go.I would love to see him in Bellatore, he’s a great fit there, and championship opportunities exist there. Melvin would have a great chance at winning there tournamnet style matches.

    • uncle

      Melvin is like a off and on switch, the UFC can’t
      just keep you around based on potential Melvin
      needs to say himself never again he did not
      fight hard with Johnson he gave up after the 1st round, Melvin needs to stay focused. and he will become the superstar we all want him to be maybe this is not a bad idea to let him go
      this could put fire back into his heart again.

  • MMaFan

    A guy like Guillard has all the athletic ability in the world. I think he just needs time to put everything together outside of the UFC as Lawler did.

  • Jaymo_ie

    I’m really sad about MG. I love watching his fights, but I dont know what is lacking or missing for him to be a champion. Good look to him in the future!