Report: Melvin Guillard “Happy” About UFC Release, Hopes to Make “Way More” Fighting Elsewhere
By FCF Staff
After holding down a UFC roster spot for approximately nine years, Melvin Guillard apparently isn’t upset about the promotion’s decision to release him. Guillard was let go by the UFC recently, after his unanimous decision to Michael Johnson at UFC Fight Night 37 on March 8th,
The 30 year-old lightweight appeared on the recent edition of “The MMA Hour“, and here is some of what he had to say about the UFC’s decision to cut him.
“I was happy,” Guillard said. “I gave the UFC nine years. I gave them a good nine years. Honestly I gave them one bad performance, which was the London fight (against Johnson). I had two busted ribs, a busted hand in the first round, but I didn’t make any excuses in the fight. I stayed in there, I fought. I could’ve been like most fighters and just threw in the towel when I got up off the seat, but I was fighting injured.”
The noted finisher also argued that “another company is going to pay me, probably, way more” than the UFC. While Guillard relayed that he still has “love” for the likes of UFC execs like Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and Joe Silva, he’s excited to test the open market.
The defeat to Johnson left Guillard’s record at 1-3, with 1 no contest in his last five contests.