The relationship between Melvin Guillard and the World Series of Fighting in now over. The lightweight fighter has been granted his release from the promotion. Malki Kawa, who is part of Guillard’s management team announced the news on his Twitter account Thursday morning.
Guillard’s tenure with WSOF was anything but professional. He only fought twice for the organization and in both cases he failed to make-weight. His first bout was a success as he scored a TKO win over Gesias Cavalcante but failing to make weight for his promotional debut put a cloud over the win. WSOF seemed to overlook the weight issues the first time around and granted Guillard a title shot for his second bout. He missed weight once again forcing the WSOF to rule his bout with Justin Gaethje a non title bout. Guillard would lose the bout via a split decision.
The final straw came when Guillard was pulled from his WSOF 20 bout against Ozzy Dugulubgov the week of the event. Officials stated that Guillard failed to meet media obligations and failing to submit his medical papers in a timely fashion. He was also unresponsive to WSOF officials when they tried to reach out to him.
Guillard may be a tough sell for his management team after the drama with WSOF. But his manager Abe Kawa did tell MMA Fighting that he is “excited to be starting over” and is not worried about finding a deal with a new company because, “He’s still the name. He’s still the guy that’s gonna bring it. He’s still gonna stand and bang with anybody he fights. He’s still the guy that doesn’t care who you put in front of him. He’ll take that fight. People tend to love that.”
Who knows where the “Young Assassin” may end up. ONE Championship is consistently putting on events if Guillard does not mind traveling to Asia to compete and Bellator MMA has shown that is not afraid to take a chance on any fighter.