Bellator MMA Inks UFC Vet Melvin Guillard to Multi-Fight Contract

May 4, 2015
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Bellator MMA officials announced on Monday that they have signed Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard (32-14-2) to a multi-year, multi-fight contract.

At only 32 years of age, “The Young Assassin” has amassed 50 professional bouts in a career that dates back to 2002. With 21 victories coming by knockout, Guillard has generated a large fan base with his exciting fighting style.

Born in New Orleans, the knockout artist has honed his skills at some of the top MMA gyms in the world including Jackson’s MMA, Blackzilians, Grudge Training Center, and American Top Team, where he currently trains. During his 22-fight stint with Ultimate Fighting Championship, Guillard broke MMA great BJ Penn’s record for most knockout’s in the lightweight division with eight, an accolade which he still holds to this day.

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“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 match-up possibilities for an exciting fighter like him are endless.”

Guillard owns victories over notable names that include Marcus Davis, Dennis Siver, Gleison Tibau, Evan Dunham, and Jeremy Stephens.

A debut date and opponent for Guillard is expected to be announced in the near future.

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  • shakejunt

    i want to write something snarky and sarcastic, but i’ll just take the high road. i think melvin will be a good fit for bellator until he decides that he’s being victimized again.

  • Mark McDowall

    I had high hopes for Guillard coming out of TUF…he just didn’t live up to his talent. But he should be able to run through the bellator LW division…if he keeps his nose clean…literally and figuratively.

  • Seth

    Melvin “The Young Canopener” Guillard. Not a shocker and deffy nothing special. Yet another washed up ex-UFC fighter jonis the roster of UFC’s retirement house.

  • drkdisciple

    I guess the best way to replace a loser like Rampage is with a bigger loser like Melvin!