I remember reading an interview Patrick Cummin’s did before his fight with Daniel Cormier saying that the light heavyweight division had a much smaller number of fighters compared to the lightweight division. The numbers were something like 2 digits to the lightweight’s 3 digit roster. Given the crowded nature of that class, it makes sense that the UFC would start to trim the roster. Still, when you cut a guy like Melvin who has been around for 9 years, it will make headlines. Especially when the UFC needs fighters to cash in on FightPass cards. Ultimately, it’s the nature of the beast, and it could likely end up being a good thing for both parties. The UFC give someone else an opportunity to shine, and Melvin gets to work out what he needs to from a training camp perspective and possibly field some lucrative offers from WSOF and/or Bellator. He shouldn’t have to wait long for a new home.
The 30-year-old “Young Assassin” was issued his pink slip following a performance that earned heavy criticism from his boss. MMAFighting.com first reported the release.
Guillard, who originally joined the UFC in 2005 after appearing on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” concludes his UFC career (for now) with an overall 12-9 record.
Earlier this month, Guillard (31-13-2 MMA, 12-9 UFC) met rising contender Johnson (15-8 MMA, 7-4 UFC) in UFC Fight Night 38’s co-headliner. However, following 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…
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