Mike Guymon at UFC 121Following his release from the UFC in early 2011, former King of the Cage welterweight champion Mike “Joker” Guymon decided it was time to step away from the sport. A year later, he felt amiss in his decision to retire, and decided to return to MMA.

As Guymon explains, “I didn’t want to go out the way I did. I feel like I cheated everyone: the UFC, my friends, my fans, my training partners and myself. (By the time I had reached) UFC Fight Night for the Troops, it was like a shadow of me; it wasn’t me at all.”

After troubles maintaining a healthy medicinal balance for his battle with depression, Guymon was able to right himself. And with his mental wellbeing in check, it was time to make a comeback.

“I took a fight with BAMMA (in March), coming back at 155 pounds and fought Cris Leyva and I felt great,” Guymon told MMAWeekly.com. “I had that fire back in me. Just everything that was missing before, I had that back.”

Then this past Friday, Guymon’s triumphant return continued, as he took a unanimous decision over Xtreme Couture prospect Mike Dizak at BAMMA’s latest installment in Commerce, Calif.

“This was probably the toughest out of all my fights because I did it with a fractured shoulder,” said Guymon. “So to fight someone like Dizak and come out on top with the adversity I went through is something I’m still, like, tripping on.

“It’s not the way of winning a fight that I’d like, but it got the job done and to get the ‘W’ under conditions like that, I’m pretty ecstatic. I used every little bit for this fight – even cutting weight, all the veteran things, the little things – the small things are what got me through this fight.”

Sporting back-to-back wins for the first time three years, Guymon is eager to step back into the cage and work his way back to the UFC to rectify his earlier misstep.

“I think there’s a couple of things that need to be done on my shoulder, but I want to get back in there,” he said. “I want to work my back into the UFC and show people what I can do.

“I’d love to do it this year, but I think it’d be unrealistic to think I could pull off a huge string of victories quick by the end of this year with the way my physicality is now. I’m thinking that at the very first part of next year, I’d love to have that position where I’m back in the UFC and I’m fighting at 155 pounds.”

As Guymon points out, the clock isn’t necessarily in his corner, so if he’s going to make one last run, it’s going to have to materialize in the near future.

“I don’t have many big windows of opportunity,” he said. “If I’m going to do this, it’s going to be now or never. It’s basically that simple.

“I’m 37 years old, and this sport every day is getting younger, stronger, better, badder, faster, everything. There’s so much that comes into play that if I’m going to do that, I can’t wait because Father Time is coming quick.”

E-mail Mick Hammond
For more UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 207's Ronda Rousey driven by the memory of her father

  • 21 days ago
  • 3 views

LOS ANGELES – As she heads into the toughest challenge of her MMA career on Friday, Ronda Rousey will seek comfort from a familiar source.Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC Middleweight Tim Kennedy Announces Retirement, Acknowledges Father Time | MMAWeekly.com

  • a day ago
  • 20 views

Tim Kennedy on Tuesday decided he will not fade away. While he hinted that Father Time may be catching up to him, he announced his retirement. read news >>

With USADA exemption, Angela Hill meets Jessica Andrade at UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston

  • a day ago
  • 5 views

The Invicta FC strawweight champion is returning to the UFC.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Angela Hill Granted USADA Exemption Ahead of February UFC Bout | MMAWeekly.com

  • a day ago
  • 19 views

Invicta FC champion Angela Hill has been granted an exemption from the infamous "four-month rule" of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy in her return to the Octagon. read news >>

Tony Ferguson: UFC 'met my standards' on UFC 209 contract, ready for 'stalker ex-girlfriend' Nurmagomedov

  • a day ago
  • 332 views

Tony Ferguson said he was confident his UFC 209 matchup with Khabib Nurmagomedov would get done, even if the interim lightweight title fight sometimes looked as if it wouldn’t materialize in time for read news >>

UFC Unfiltered: Din Thomas and Fight Night Phoenix recap

  • a day ago
  • 1 views

Din Thomas joins UFC Unfiltered to break down the results of UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Penn, Robbie Lawler leaving American Top Team, Din and Matt's experiences at UFC 33, Woodley vs. Wonderboy read news >>

UFC Statement on Angela Hill

  • a day ago
  • 1 views

On December 13, 2016, UFC strawweight Angela Hill was re-enrolled by USADA into the UFC Anti-Doping Policy Registered Testing Pool (RTP). Hill had previously been part of the RTP as a read news >>

Angela Hill returns to UFC, faces Andrade in Houston

  • a day ago
  • 1 views

After tearing through the strawweight division in Invicta FC, former Ultimate Fighter standout Angela Hill will return to take care of some unfinished UFC business on Feb. 4 when she takes on No. read news >>

Steve Swanson Ready for War at Combate Americas DIEZ | MMAWeekly.com

  • 23 hours ago
  • 2 views

The brother of UFC veteran Cub Swanson, Steve Swanson will face Gustavo Lopez in the 135-pound main event of Combate Americas DIEZ on Thursday. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 103 salaries: Penn ($150,000), Lauzon ($116,000), Rodriguez ($100,000) lead payrolls

  • 22 hours ago
  • 18 views

He may have been handled with ease by rising star Yair Rodriguez, but B.J. Penn led all fighters in disclosed paydays after UFC Fight Night 103.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>