Bellator MMA announced on Monday that it has reached an agreement with lightweight Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard. He is a former UFC fighter and an alum of season 2 of the Ultimate Fighter. The contract is a mult-iyear, multi-fight deal. Exact financial numbers were not given.
Guillard, age 32, possess a 32-14-2 record. He is coming off a rather unprofessional stint with the World Series of Fighting. Guillard only fought twice for the WSOF but both times he came in overweight. After scoring a TKO win his is debut for the company he was awarded a lightweight title shot against Justin Gaethje but the bout was changed to a non-title bout after Guillard came in overweight once again. He would go on to lose the bout via a split decision.
Despite his struggles with making weight the WSOF once again scheduled Guillard for another event. Guillard was all set to take on Ozzy Dugulubgov but the week of the fight he was pulled from the card all together for not turning in his medical paper work in a timely manner. Guillard was released from is contract shortly thereafter.
In a statement Bellator MMA president Scott Coker expressed his thoughts about the signing,“We are excited to have Melvin coming onboard. 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.”
Guillard is 2-2-1 in his last five bouts and has failed to win consecutive bouts after rolling off five wins in a row from 2010-2011. He does have notable wins over Dennis Siver, Jeremy Stephens, and Evan Dunham.