Melvin Guillard has tested positive for cocaine metabolite following his submission loss 27 seconds into the first round against Joe Stevenson at UFC Fight Night 9 according to The Fight Network. Here’s part of the article:
“[Guillard] will have 30 days from the receipt of a written complaint to reply to the allegation and will be temporarily suspended at a forthcoming NSAC meeting. Guillard will face the Commissionâ€™s board at a second hearing where he can speak on his behalf and/or provide evidence to contest the allegation if he chooses. If found within violation of the state agencyâ€™s regulations, Guillard could be subjected to suspension and/or fines.”
Guillard (20-7-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) became known to most UFC fans after appearing on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter where he lost to Josh Burkman. Guillard returned to win against Marcus Davis on the finale. Since then “The Young Assassin” beat Rick Davis and Gabe Ruediger while falling to Josh Neer as well as Stevenson most recently on April 5th.
This positive tests moves into uncharted waters as no mixed martial artist has ever tested positive for cocaine in Nevada. Marijuana suspensions have been fairly minimal (think months) but this drug is considered a “step up” and may earn Guillard a suspension of 6 months or more.