Melvin Guillard missed weight but put on an exciting show at WSOF 11. | Dave Mandel/

Melvin Guillard made his World Series of Fighting debut in impressive fashion on Saturday, defeating Gesias Cavalcante via technical knockout.

The victory served as a sort of redemption for Guillard, who weighed in at 157.2 pounds for the lightweight contest at WSOF 11. This was only the second time Guillard had missed weight in his nearly 12-year MMA career, the first instance coming at UFC 150 in August 2012, when Guillard was overweight for a fight with Donald Cerrone.

During an interview following his second-round victory against “JZ,” Guillard shed some light on the reason that he missed the required mark of 156 pounds.

“My only miscue was missing weight by a pound, and as a professional, I take full responsibility for that,” Guillard said. “But, at the same time, we had a super early weigh-in, and if I had that last bit of extra time, it would have been a non-issue.”

With the victory over Cavalcante, the “Young Assassin” pushed his record to 2-3 with 1 no-contest in his last six fights. At the age of 31, Guillard has new life in the WSOF.

“I went out there and had a hell of a debut. He even got me on the ground and I got back up and handled business. I’ve got a black belt in knocking people out. I’m excited to be here with WSOF and this is only the beginning,” Guillard said. “I’m gonna take that strap, and become the face of this organization, watch. I’m here to make noise.”

With Justin Gaethje running roughshod over Nick Newell in the evening’s main event, a few more victories from Guillard could lead to a title shot sooner rather than later.

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