Melvin Guillard made it clear recently that he wasn’t happy with World Series of Fighting, and after being pulled from the promotion’s card last month, the UFC vet has found a new employer.
Bellator has announced that it has signed the 32 year-old lightweight to a multi-fight deal, however, Guillard’s debut has yet to be determined.
“We are excited to have Melvin coming onboard,” Bellator President Scott Coker was quoted saying in a press release from the promotion. “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 matchup possibilities for an exciting fighter like him are endless.”
Now, considering what went down between the WSOF and Guillard in recent months, no one should be surprised by this news. Guillard signed with WSOF last year, and after stopping “JZ” Cavalcante, he was booked to fight lightweight champ Justin Gaethje in November.
Guillard had missed weight for his bout with Cavalcante, and also came over when he faced Gaethje. The promotion hit him with a 50% fine for the latter infraction. Guillard lost the bout via split decision.
Prior to WSOF 20, Guillard claimed that WSOF had promised they would get him a fight for early 2015, but never delivered. “The Young Assassin” was scheduled to fight Ozzy Dugulubgov on April 6th, but Guillard apparently never sent in his medicals, and the WSOF pulled him from the card.
So, all this aside, there’s no question that Guillard will bring Bellator a sizeable fanbase and some interesting matchmaking possibilities as Coker noted. The heavy, heavy handed fighter arrives in Bellator armed with a record of 32-14-2, and has gone 2-2, with 1 no contest, in his last 5 bouts.
Bellator’s next event is set for May 15th, and will feature UFC vet Kendall Grove taking on middleweight champion Brandon Halsey. In the co-headliner, former bantamweight champ Eduardo Dantas will face Mike Richman.