For Bellator lightweight Michael “Joker” Guymon, his win on Nov. 2 against Aaron Miller was an extension of his preparations for the fight; a struggle to overcome the odds and ultimately triumph.
“I’m just ecstatic; I couldn’t have written it any better,” said Guymon about the win. “I didn’t want a fight that I just ran over someone. I got to perform, show a lot of different skills, and show I could do things under adversity.
“As soon as I slapped the triangle on (in the second round), I knew the fight was over and he was going to tap because it was just so tight. As soon as he stopped it, I was crying because I was so happy.”
The victory put Guymon back in the win column after a disappointing knockout loss to Savant Young earlier this year. But again, it was more so the struggle just to get to the fight than rebounding that means more to Guymon.
“It’s not just about getting on track and winning these last three out of four, it’s the adversity I’ve gone through while doing it has been overwhelming,” he said. “I’ve had to deal with a lot of adversity.
“I normally walk around at 195 pounds and to fight at lightweight, at 155 pounds, I have to sacrifice a lot. It’s sacrifice on top of sacrifice to fight at that weight, all the while to teach classes at my gym and train other fighters.”
It is because of that physical struggle that Guymon has made the decision to go out with a win and call it a day on a 14-year career.
“I told people this is my last fight,” he said. “I’m 39 years old, I’m not getting any younger, and I feel like the house is stacked against me. Fighting 14 years, you get a lot of battle damage through so many wars in training and fighting; it’s just an accumulation and my body is pretty damaged.
“At my age with the chemical makeup I have now, it’s harder for me to lose weight, harder for me to recover, and it’s just one of those things where you physically can’t do it. My mind’s willing, but my body’s saying that it’s a done deal, dude.”
While he maintains that there is a slim possibility he could return, Guymon told MMAWeekly.com that he’s more than happy for this to have been the last chapter of a career in which he feels a strong sense of achievement.
“I’m so happy with what I’ve done,” said Guymon. “There’s always things I wish I could take back or could have done differently, but for what I accomplished in my career; I have three wins in three different weight classes, I won a world title in a recognizable organization that’s been around a long time, I got into the UFC and actually got a win, that’s all on my resume that I’m glad to have done.
“I’m elated and just happy to have accomplished what I’ve done in the time that I have done it in. I fought for 14 years and I don’t know many fighters that can say that they’ve done that.”