A lengthy UFC tenure for hard-hitting lightweight Melvin Guillard has officially come to an end. After a whopping 22 Octagon appearances and a run that initially started as a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter 2, “The Young Assassin” finds himself seeking employment elsewhere.
Guillard was involved in a number of exciting battles during his UFC career, compiling a 12-9-1 record and producing eight knockouts during that time. His best run of success was back in 2010-11, when he moved into title contention with a five-fight win streak, only to see it come crumbling down at UFC 136 with a submission loss against Joe Lauzon.
Guillard faced many of the division’s best but had been on the decline of late with just two wins in his last eight appearances. It was a surprisingly passive performance against Michael Johnson at Fight Night 37 in London, England that sealed his fate.
The matchup against “The Menace” was expected to be a sizzling all-action affair, but for whatever reason Guillard spent a majority of the bout moving around the cage and didn’t engage much. Johnson was disappointed despite the victory, and the crowd at O2 arena was vocal in expressing their displeasure with the lack of action. You had a feeling Guillard was on thin ice when UFC President Dana White was highly critical of his performance in the post-fight press conference.
While Guillard had been a UFC mainstay for nearly nine years, he’s still only 30-years old and his talent level and punching power should make him attractive to other organizations. One would think that Bellator and the World Series of Fighting promotions would have an interest in his services.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports