Melvin Guillard

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Melvin Guillard
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Born Melvin Paul Guillard, Jr.
(1983-03-30) March 30, 1983 (age 31)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Other names The Young Assassin
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 156 lb (71 kg; 11 st 2 lb)
Division Lightweight (155 lb)
Welterweight (170 lb)
Reach 71 in (180 cm)
Style Boxing
Stance Orthodox
Team Jackson's MMA (2009-2011) Blackzilians (2012-2013) Grudge Training Center (2013) American Top Team (2013-present)[1]
Rank      Brown Belt in Judo
     Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2002-present
Professional boxing record
Total 2
Losses 1
By knockout 1
Draws 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 48
Wins 31
By knockout 20
By submission 2
By decision 9
Losses 13
By knockout 1
By submission 9
By decision 3
Draws 2
No contests 2
Other information
Boxing record from Boxrec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Melvin Paul Guillard, Jr. (born March 30, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He debuted in the company on The Ultimate Fighter 2 television series, losing to Josh Burkman by decision in the first Welterweight elimination bout. Guillard currents hold the UFC record for most TKO/KO victories (eight) in the Lightweight division, surpassing the previous record held by Multi-Divisional Champion B.J. Penn with his knockout of Shane Roller at UFC 132. He again extended this record in his knockout victory over Mac Danzig at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga

MMA career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2005, Guillard defeated fellow future UFC veteran Roger Huerta by decision, but the fight was ruled a No Contest after Huerta appealed the decision to the commission, accusing Guillard of greasing between rounds one and two.

The Ultimate Fighter 2[edit]

Guillard participated in The Ultimate Fighter 2, but was eliminated from the competition after losing a unanimous decision to Josh Burkman. He returned on the season finale, defeating Marcus Davis by technical knockout due to a cut. Fighting again at welterweight, Guillard lost his next fight to Josh Neer, submitting to a first round triangle choke. Guillard had earlier opened a large cut on Neer's forehead.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

After the lightweight division was reinstated at UFC 58, Guillard began to transition to this weight class. He made his UFC lightweight debut at UFC 60, defeating Rick Davis by first round KO. At UFC 63 on September 23, 2006, Guillard fought former WEC lightweight champion Gabe Ruediger and won the fight via KO by a body blow. Guillard next fought Joe Stevenson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 9 and submitted to a guillotine choke 27 seconds into the fight, after being stunned by a punch. Guillard also submitted in his next fight, against Rich Clementi at UFC 79, to a rear naked choke at 4:40 of the first round. Before and after the bout, the fighters talked trash. Guillard gave Clementi the finger during the introductions and attempted to attack him after the fight, but was restrained by referee Herb Dean. He was subsequently released from the UFC, but was brought back after a win in a minor promotion.

Guillard returned to the UFC at UFC 86, knocking out Dennis Siver in 36 seconds. He was slated to fight Spencer Fisher at UFC 90, but tore his ACL while training and was replaced by Shannon Gugerty.

Guillard next won a split decision over Gleison Tibau at The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom Finale on June 20, 2009.

Guillard submitted to a guillotine choke by Nate Diaz on September 16, at UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard.[2]

On February 6, 2010, Guillard faced Ronys Torres at UFC 109.[3] He joined coach Greg Jackson's camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico to prepare for the fight.[4] He showed improved submission defense and patience in the fight, winning a close unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Guillard was scheduled to face Thiago Tavares at UFC 114,[5] but Tavares was forced off the card with an elbow injury.[6] Guillard instead fought and knocked out UFC newcomer Waylon Lowe in the first round.[7]

On September 25, 2010 Guillard won a split decision over Jeremy Stephens at UFC 119.[8]

Guillard was expected to face Yves Edwards on January 22, 2011, at UFC Fight Night 23.[9] However, headliner Kenny Florian pulled out of his fight with Evan Dunham due to injury and Guillard replaced him.[10] He defeated Dunham in the first round via TKO by knees. The finish earned him the Knockout of the Night award.

Guillard next defeated Shane Roller via first round KO on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132.[11]

Guillard faced Joe Lauzon on October 6, 2011 at UFC 136,[12] and was quickly submitted with a rear naked choke after being rocked by a counter left hook from Lauzon.

Guillard next faced Jim Miller in the main event of UFC on FX 1 on January 20, 2012.[13] After dropping Miller in the early going, Guillard was submitted in the first round.

Guillard next fought Fabrício Camões on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148.[14] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Guillard fought Donald Cerrone on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150, and was knocked out early in the first round after clipping Cerrone with a big left hand. He received a $60,000 Fight of the Night bonus award for his effort.[15] This was the first knockout loss of his career.

Guillard was scheduled to face Jamie Varner on December 15, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.[16] However, Varner fell ill the day of the event and the bout was scrapped from the card. The bout with Varner was rescheduled for December 29, 2012 at UFC 155.[17] Guillard was taken down by Varner several times in their bout, losing a split decision.[18]

Guillard faced Mac Danzig on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8.[19] He knocked Danzig out in the second round. The win earned Guillard his third Knockout of the Night bonus award.[20]

Guillard faced Ross Pearson on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30.[21] The fight ended in a no contest when Pearson was deemed unable to continue after being cut on the forehead by an accidental illegal knee.[22] As a result of the controversial result, a rematch was been booked for UFC Fight Night 37 at March 8, 2014 in London.[23] However, Pearson pulled out of the fight due to injury and was replaced by Michael Johnson.[24] Guillard lost the lackluster fight via unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the promotion.[25]

World Series of Fighting[edit]

On April 7, 2014, World Series of Fighting executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz confirmed Guillard had signed a multi-fight contract. He is expected to debut at WSOF 11 in July, against an unknown opponent.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Guillard has a wife named Tache.[27]

Substance abuse and family[edit]

Guillard fought The Ultimate Fighter 2 winner Joe Stevenson in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Stevenson vs Guillard on April 5, 2007, and submitted to a guillotine choke in 27 seconds after being dropped by a jab. He publicly accused Stevenson of using Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Guillard's own pre-fight urine sample later tested positive for cocaine. The Nevada State Athletic Commission subsequently suspended Guillard for eight months and fined him $2,100.[28] Melvin attributed his drug abuse to the death of his father at age 44, from cirrhosis after a life of heavy drinking.

He later said, "I made a lot of excuses for myself because of my father's death, and I regret it now because my father left me and he always told me, 'Son, never live a regret. Never make excuses for yourself. Be a man and take responsibility for whatever you do in life.'"[29] He has said his dad was his best friend and biggest fan, and never missed watching him fight. However, after Hurricane Katrina, his dad (a contractor) was backed up with work and so didn't make it to Guillard's UFC debut. He died before he could ever watch him fight in the UFC.[30]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 31–13–2 (2) Michael Johnson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa March 8, 2014 3 5:00 London, England, United Kingdom
NC 31–12–2 (2) Ross Pearson No Contest (illegal knee) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz October 26, 2013 1 1:57 Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Win 31–12–2 (1) Mac Danzig KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga July 27, 2013 2 2:47 Seattle, Washington, United States Knockout of the Night
Loss 30–12–2 (1) Jamie Varner Decision (split) UFC 155 December 29, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 30–11–2 (1) Donald Cerrone KO (head kick & punch) UFC 150 August 11, 2012 1 1:16 Denver, Colorado, United States 157.5 lb. catchweight (Guillard missed weight); Fight of the Night
Win 30–10–2 (1) Fabrício Camões Decision (unanimous) UFC 148 July 7, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 29–10–2 (1) Jim Miller Submission (rear naked choke) UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller January 20, 2012 1 2:04 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loss 29–9–2 (1) Joe Lauzon Submission (rear naked choke) UFC 136 October 8, 2011 1 0:47 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 29–8–2 (1) Shane Roller KO (punches) UFC 132 July 2, 2011 1 2:12 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 28–8–2 (1) Evan Dunham TKO (knees) UFC: Fight For The Troops 2 January 22, 2011 1 2:58 Fort Hood, Texas, United States Knockout of the Night
Win 27–8–2 (1) Jeremy Stephens Decision (split) UFC 119 September 25, 2010 3 5:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 26–8–2 (1) Waylon Lowe TKO (knee to the body) UFC 114 May 29, 2010 1 3:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 25–8–2 (1) Ronys Torres Decision (unanimous) UFC 109 February 6, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 24–8–2 (1) Nate Diaz Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard September 16, 2009 2 2:13 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 24–7–2 (1) Gleison Tibau Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom Finale June 20, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 23–7–2 (1) Dennis Siver KO (punches) UFC 86 July 5, 2008 1 0:36 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night
Win 22–7–2 (1) Eric Regan Decision (unanimous) RITC 105: Friday Night Fights March 7, 2008 3 3:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Loss 21–7–2 (1) Rich Clementi Submission (rear naked choke) UFC 79 December 29, 2007 1 4:40 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 21–6–2 (1) Joe Stevenson Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Stevenson vs Guillard April 5, 2007 1 0:27 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Failed drug test. Tested positive for cocaine.
Win 21–5–2 (1) Gabe Ruediger KO (punch to the body) UFC 63 September 23, 2006 2 1:01 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 20–5–2 (1) Rick Davis KO (punch) UFC 60 May 27, 2006 1 1:37 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 19–5–2 (1) Josh Neer Submission (triangle choke) UFC Ultimate Fight Night 3 January 16, 2006 1 4:20 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night
Win 19–4–2 (1) Marcus Davis TKO (cut) The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale November 5, 2005 2 2:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
NC 18–4–2 (1) Roger Huerta No Contest (result overturned) Freestyle Fighting Championships 14 March 5, 2005 3 5:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Changed to a no contest (Guillard greasing).
Win 18–4–2 Peter Kaljevic TKO (elbows) Freestyle Fighting Championships 14 March 5, 2005 1 2:24 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 17–4–2 Darrell Smith TKO (punches) Freestyle Fighting Championships 14 March 5, 2005 1 3:07 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 16–4–2 Rob Emerson Decision (split) RCF: Cold Hearted February 19, 2005 3 5:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Loss 15–4–2 Santino Defranco Submission (triangle choke) ISCF: Domination at the DAC November 20, 2004 1 2:33 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 15–3–2 Jason Hathaway TKO (punches) ISCF: Compound Fracture October 15, 2004 1 0:37 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Draw 14–3–2 LaVerne Clark Draw RCF: Duel in the Delta September 25, 2004 3 5:00 Tunica, Mississippi, United States
Win 14–3–1 Angel Nievens Decision (unanimous) FFC 11: Explosion September 10, 2004 3 5:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Loss 13–3–1 Ryan Stout Submission (armbar) Battle of New Orleans 14 July 10, 2004 1 2:55 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Draw 13–2–1 Lee King Draw Battle of New Orleans 13 June 25, 2004 3 5:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 13–2 Rich Miller TKO (punches) Extreme Challenge 58 June 11, 2004 2 2:07 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Win 12–2 Kyle Bradley TKO (punches) Freestyle Fighting Championships 9 May 14, 2004 1 4:20 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Loss 11–2 Jake Short Decision (unanimous) Freestyle Fighting Championships 8 March 5, 2004 3 5:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Loss 11–1 Carlo Prater Submission (guillotine choke) Freestyle Fighting Championships 7 December 19, 2003 1 2:32 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 11–0 Justin Wieman TKO (punches) ISCF: Anarchy in August August 2, 2003 2 N/A Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 10–0 Kyle Bradley Submission (armlock) FFC 6: No Love July 11, 2003 1 2:54 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 9–0 Paul Purcell TKO (punches) Art of War 2 June 21, 2003 1 N/A Kalispell, Montana, United States
Win 8–0 Diego Saraiva KO (punches) ISCF: May Madness May 23, 2003 1 N/A Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 7–0 Alex Kronofsky KO (punch) Battle of New Orleans 6 April 26, 2003 1 1:32 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 6–0 Aaron Williams TKO (punches) Freestyle Fighting Championships 5 April 25, 2003 1 1:43 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 5–0 Victor Estrada Submission (armbar) Battle of New Orleans 5 March 22, 2003 1 2:04 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 4–0 Rod Ramirez TKO (punches) Battle of New Orleans 4 February 15, 2003 2 0:32 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 3–0 Joe Jordan Decision (unanimous) Battle of New Orleans 3 January 18, 2003 2 5:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 2–0 Jonathon Hargroder KO (punch) Battle of New Orleans 2 December 21, 2002 1 0:31 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 1–0 Calvin Martin Decision (unanimous) Battle of New Orleans 1 November 16, 2002 2 5:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

References[edit]

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  15. ^ UFC 150 Bonus Awards
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