While it may not be teammate vs. teammate when Yves Edwards takes on Melvin Guillard in January, it will be friend vs. friend.
Edwards confirmed the proposed bout when speaking with MMAWeekly Radio and says it’s just a matter of putting pen to paper, but he expects to face Guillard in his next fight.
“I’ve been offered that fight, waiting on the papers now. If everything goes well, that’s the fight that’s going to happen,” Edwards said.
“It’s definitely going to be a tough one, and one I’m excited about. He signed the dotted line and we’ll put the friendship aside for a few minutes and then just go to work.”
Edwards and Guillard have been friends and training partners in the past, working in Houston together, remaining close ever since. Edwards admits it’s not easy to face a friend in the Octagon, but it’s just business and nothing personal.
“We’ve trained together in the past when he was in Houston right after he went on ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ He came down to Houston and lived down there for a few years. We trained together a bit at the time,” Edwards commented.
“There’s very few guys out there that I don’t like and there’s fewer guys I would call my friends, but he’s one of them. I play dice against him; I play basketball against him. Why not play fighting against him?”
The two worked together a few years ago and since that time Guillard has moved to New Mexico to work with Greg Jackson and his team. The change has brought about a new and improved Melvin Guillard, who has won three fights in a row, while stating that he hopes to gain a title shot at some point in the next year or so.
Whether he’s his opponent or not, Edwards says he’s seen the transition in Guillard’s skills and maturity, and he’s proud that he’s come a long way from his early days in the fight game.
“I’m really proud of what he’s been doing,” said Edwards. “The things that I’ve seen him do, and the fights that I’ve seen him win, and the things that he’s done to turn himself around. He just seems like he’s grown up so much in the past few years really.”
Edwards and Guillard will set aside their friendship for at least one night and 15 minutes in the cage.
The location of the bout has yet to be announced although speculation is that the fight might take place at Fort Hood in Texas as part of a “Fight for the Troops” special event. Sources have indicated to MMAWeekly that is just a rumor at this point and any announcement would be premature.