MENU
#Duane Ludwig #Ramsey Nijem #Julian Lane #Justin Buchholz #Conor McGregor #UFC 211 #Nate Diaz #Hayder Hassan #Dhiego Lima #Diaz vs. McGregor 2 #Bellator 179 #Rory MacDonald #TJ Dillashaw #Jon Jones #Lightweight Tournament


melvin-guillard-28-featured.jpg

It didn’t take long for Melvin Guillard to find a new home.

The longtime UFC lightweight, who was released by the promotion in March, has signed with World Series of Fighting. Terms were not disclosed, but both the promotion and fighter announced the new deal late Monday via Twitter.

“Just signed with WSOF,” Guillard posted on his Twitter account. “it feeling good to be apart of something different its time to make some real money and get that belt.”

The 30-year-old “Young Assassin” was released by the UFC following a performance that earned heavy criticism from UFC President Dana White.

Guillard, who originally joined the UFC in 2005 after appearing on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” finished his UFC career with a 12-9 record.

This past month, Guillard (31-13-2) met Michael Johnson in UFC Fight Night 37's co-main event. After the March 8 event in London, where Guillard suffered a listless unanimous-decision loss, White wouldn’t say if Guillard would be released, but he was critical of the performance.

“There’s no doubt Melvin ran the entire fight and was incredibly passive, the complete opposite of how he used to fight,” White said. “There was a lot of smack talk leading up to that fight, and those are the fights that everybody gets excited about, and nine times out of 10 they end up like tonight. Those drive me crazy. I was excited for that fight. I thought (they were) both really explosive athletes who can mix it up really well, and it just didn’t happen tonight.”

But now Guillard will look to put that behind him with WSOF, where he said on Twitter he hopes to make a run at the lightweight title. That belt currently is held by Justin Gaethje, and he is expected to defend it in July against Nick Newell.

No first fight for Guillard has been announced, though WSOF said he’ll likely be thrown right into action. So WSOF on July 11 could be a distinct possibility. That event, along with the Gaethje-Newell title fight, also features new welterweight champ Rousimar Palhares vs. Jon Fitch for the 170-pound belt and Tyrone Spong against a to-be-determined opponent. Spong and Guillard briefly were teammates at the Blackzilians camp in South Florida.

Guillard’s nine-year run in the UFC saw him win three “Knockout of the Night” bonuses, as well as many highlight-reel performances. Guillard’s best run began in 2008, when he won eight of nine fights (including victories over Dennis Siver, Gleison Tibau, Jeremy Stephens and Evan Dunham) that put him in the thick of the UFC lightweight title picture. But a 47-second submission loss to Joe Lauzon, followed by a main-event submission defeat to Jim Miller, spoiled his run. The back-to-back losses also commenced his current skid, which includes just two wins (and one no-contest) in his past eight fights.

But Guillard left his mark on the UFC’s 155-pound class. He departed with the third most wins, most knockdowns and most knockouts in UFC lightweight history.

For more on WSOF’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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

Related News

Brad Tavares wanted to fight Elias Theodorou to prove UFC video game rankings wrong

  • 26 days ago
  • 6 views

UFC middleweight Brad Tavares didn’t think much about fighting Elias Theodorou until he saw their respective stats in the promotion’s video game. Filed under: Featured Videos, News, Radio Highlight, read news >>

Tim Elliott replaces Joseph Benavidez against Ben Nguyen at UFC Fight Night 110

  • 14 days ago
  • 7 views

Ben Nguyen didn’t have to wait long to get a new opponent after Joseph Benavidez announced Wednesday he was out of their scheduled flyweight bout at UFC Fight Night 110.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

After UFC 211 win, Jason Knight got confirmation from opponent: 'You broke my arm'

  • 10 days ago
  • 57 views

You won’t find a bigger believer in Chas Skelly’s talent and toughness than his recent UFC 211 opponent, Jason Knight.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Check out the extended preview for UFC 212, where Max Holloway finally will find Jose Aldo

  • 3 days ago
  • 20 views

Title unification fights are not a regular happening, so when they take place it’s always something out of the ordinary. Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

James Vick grabs bull by horns after UFC 211, gets new contract meeting with Dana White

  • 7 days ago
  • 8 views

James Vick was upset he didn’t get a performance bonus for knocking out Marco Polo Reyes at UFC 211. So he took his complaint directly to UFC brass.Filed under: News, Radio Highlight, UFC read news >>

UFC 211 video highlights: Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos

  • 11 days ago
  • 86 views

Stipe Miocic didn’t want to go through another five-round war with Junior Dos Santos. Problem solved. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC signs kickboxing superstar Gokhan Saki

  • 15 hours ago
  • 3 views

A kickboxing superstar whose exploits in the ring had fans dubbing him the “Turkish Tyson,” Gokhan “The Rebel” Saki will now square off with the best of the best in the Octagon, as it was announced read news >>

The accidental assassin: Abdul Razak Alhassan on his reluctant path to UFC Fight Night 109

  • an hour ago
  • 2 views

STOCKHOLM – From Olympic hopeful to UFC prospect, Abdul Razak Alhassan arrived in Stockholm for UFC Fight Night 109 having followed the road less traveled.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Vid read news >>

Fan-powered Jack Hermansson ready to feed off the crowd at UFC Fight Night 109

  • 50 minutes ago
  • 1 views

STOCKHOLM – Swedish middleweight favorite Jack Hermansson has competed all over the world in his 17-fight MMA career, but remarkably he hasn’t fought in his native Sweden. That changes Sunday. Filed read news >>

UFC 211 Results: The Real Winners and Losers from Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 views

After an extended period of UFC cards of spotty quality, UFC 211 came along and reminded hardcore fans of what the sport's top promotion can do when it really sets its mind to it. The main event was read news >>