UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard has showed flashes of brilliance in his career thanks to his next-level power and exceptional athleticism. However, with losses in four of his last five fights, the man who was on the cusp of challenging for a title in 2011 is now facing potential free agency depending on the outcome of his next bout.
Guillard recently spoke with Bleacher Report where he admitted he felt he needed to leave the Blackzilian camp to get his career back on track, though not necessarily because of anything wrong with the team. Rather, Guillard pointed the finger at himself, saying he simply didn’t click with the group.
“It was just me as a person, on a chemistry side I just didn’t fit. I just felt like it was time to go,” explained Guillard. “Right now my job is probably on the line and my upcoming fight is a must-win fight. I feel like I need to do good work to get that win. That’s why my decision was made.”
“I was kind of like a loner. I was an outsider,” he added. “I was there when it was time to train, but I just didn’t think it was fair to the other guys that were there. I think that was a reason why I had to leave as well—because it wasn’t being fair to the other guys on the team.”
“The Young Assassin” will get a chance to salvage his career on July 27 when he dukes it out with Mac Danzig at UFC on FOX 8. With a new home at Grudge Training Center alongside old friends like Trevor Wittman, Guillard is starting to once again feel the fire sparking an impressive 8-1 run a few years back.
“It’s like watching that Rocky III movie,” offered Guillard in comparison to his own career. “It’s like where you lose that hunger and you’ve got to go back to where you started and go back to the gutter and get hungry again. That’s kind of how I feel sleeping in this basement (at Grudge). I need this basement, I’m going to stay down here in this basement. Right now I’m loving my little basement cot.”
A TUF 2 alumnus, Guillard has been fighting in the Octagon for more than seven years. He holds a career mark of 30-12-2 with 19 wins by way of TKO.
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