Melvin Paul Guillard, Jr. (born March 30, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Middleweight division. Guillard most notably competed in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Bellator MMA and World Series of Fighting. 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 currently holds 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.
|Born||Melvin Paul Guillard, Jr.|
March 30, 1983
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
|Other names||The Young Assassin|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Team||Jackson-Wink MMA (2009-2011) |
Grudge Training Center (2013, 2016-present)
American Top Team (2013-2016) 
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu |
Brown belt in Judo
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Born and raised in Louisiana, Guillard competed in various sports such as basketball before he began wrestling at Bonnabel High School. Guillard was talented, becoming a State Champion (152 lbs) in his senior year, winning the Class 5A MVP award, and also was a member of the Louisiana Junior National Team for two years. Guillard continued competing for one year at Colby Community College in Kansas and graduated with a degree in criminal law. Guillard had originally become drawn to mixed martial arts due to his wrestling coach's connections with the sport, and had the goal of fighting professionally by his early teens. By the time he was 16 years old, Guillard was preparing to fight professionally.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
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 2Edit
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 ChampionshipEdit
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 next won a split decision over Gleison Tibau at The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom Finale on June 20, 2009.
On February 6, 2010, Guillard faced Ronys Torres at UFC 109. He joined coach Greg Jackson's camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico to prepare for the fight. 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, but Tavares was forced off the card with an elbow injury. Guillard instead fought and knocked out UFC newcomer Waylon Lowe in the first round.
Guillard was expected to face Yves Edwards on January 22, 2011, at UFC Fight Night 23. However, headliner Kenny Florian pulled out of his fight with Evan Dunham due to injury and Guillard replaced him. He defeated Dunham in the first round via TKO by knees. The finish earned him the Knockout of the Night award.
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. 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. 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. Guillard was taken down by Varner several times in their bout, losing a split decision.
Guillard faced Ross Pearson on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30. 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. As a result of the controversial result, a rematch was booked for UFC Fight Night 37 at March 8, 2014 in London. However, Pearson pulled out of the fight due to injury and was replaced by Michael Johnson. Guillard lost the lackluster fight via unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the promotion.
World Series of FightingEdit
Guillard was expected to challenge Justin Gaethje for his WSOF Lightweight championship on November 15, 2014 at WSOF 15. However, Guillard missed weight for the bout and it was changed to a catchweight affair. Guillard lost the fight via split decision.
On April 30, 2015 Melvin was released by the World Series of Fighting. His manager, Malki Kawa, announced the news on Twitter: "I just received what I asked for from wsof which is the release for [Melvin]... Should have a new home for him shortly".
In his debut fight for the promotion, Guillard was given the chance to face a hand picked opponent and chose Brandon Girtz, who he fought at Bellator 141 on August 28, 2015. His decision to face Girtz ended up backfiring on him as he lost the fight via split decision.
In his third fight for the promotion, Guillard faced David Rickels on July 21, 2016 at Bellator 159. Guillard earned his first win in Bellator via a series of elbows and punches to defeat Rickels via KO in the first round. The win was overturned after Guillard tested positive for a non-performance-enhancing banned substance. Guillard was subsequently suspended for one year by the Kansas Athletic Commission. After agreeing to enter rehab and completing the program, Guillard’s suspension was subsequently reduced to six months.
In July 2018, Guillard faced Takanori Gomi at Rizin 11. He missed weight for the fight and lost by knockout at 2:33 in the first round. Guillard alleges that Rizin officials altered the rules of his match before the fight, telling him that for his match he would not be allowed to use either soccer kicks or knees to the head of a grounded opponent, forcing to him to change his planned strategy and his attire, putting on wrestling shoes. Guillard suspects that individuals were trying to possibly 'protect' Gomi.
Bare Knuckle BoxingEdit
On April 22, 2017, Guillard took part in a "bare knuckle" (in actuality the fighters hands are lightly wrapped) boxing event for Bare Knuckle Boxing in England. He faced Dan Breeze at BKB 5 and won the fight via TKO. He expressed before the fight he wanted to fight Jimmy Sweeney, and after the fight on 2 separate occasions nearly got into a fight with what appeared to be Sweeney and his entourage.
At BKB 6 on July 1, 2017 Guillard faced the "Undisputed King of Bare Knuckle" Jimmy Sweeney. The fight was held at 12 stone (168 lbs). Guillard lost the bout by unanimous decision.
Guillard had a rematch with Sweeney on September 9, 2017 at BKB 7. He again lost the bout by unanimous decision.
Guillard fought again on November 4, 2017 against Leighton Brady, who stepped in on four days notice after Guillard's original opponent dropped out. Although dropped almost immediately at the beginning of the fight, Guillard came back and dropped his opponent several times, finally dropping Brady a final time in the third round, winning by TKO after Brady failed to get up in time for the 10 count. Guillard expressed in the post-fight interview he wanted a title shot in BKB at Lightweight.
Substance abuse and familyEdit
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. 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.'" 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.
In the beginning of September 2018, news surfaced that Guillard is facing four felony charges stemming from two separate incidents: domestic violence against his girlfriend and an assault in at a Denver bar.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|58 matches||32 wins||21 losses|
|Loss||32–21–2 (3)||Takanori Gomi||KO (punches)||Rizin 11||July 29, 2018||1||2:33||Saitama, Japan||Catchweight (74 kg) bout; Guillard missed weight.|
|Loss||32–20–2 (3)||Maurice Jackson||TKO (punches)||SCL 65: Destination||February 10, 2018||2||1:50||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||32–19–2 (3)||Israel Adesanya||TKO (punches)||Australian Fighting Championship 20||July 28, 2017||1||4:48||Melbourne, Australia||For the Interim AFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Loss||32–18–2 (3)||Muslim Salikhov||KO (spinning hook kick)||Kunlun Fight MMA 12||June 1, 2017||1||1:33||Yantai, China||Guillard missed weight.|
|Loss||32–17–2 (3)||Chidi Njokuani||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 171||January 27, 2017||3||5:00||Mulvane, Kansas, United States||179 lb. Catchweight|
|NC||32–16–2 (3)||David Rickels||NC (overturned)||Bellator 159||July 22, 2016||1||2:14||Mulvane, Kansas, United States||Catchweight (158 lb) bout; Guillard missed weight. Originally a KO win, overturned after Guillard tested positive for a banned substance.|
|Loss||32–16–2 (2)||Derek Campos||KO (punches)||Bellator 149||February 19, 2016||2||0:32||Houston, Texas, United States||Catchweight (158 lbs) bout; Guillard missed weight.|
|Loss||32–15–2 (2)||Brandon Girtz||Decision (split)||Bellator 141||August 28, 2015||3||5:00||Temecula, California, United States|
|Loss||32–14–2 (2)||Justin Gaethje||Decision (split)||WSOF 15||November 15, 2014||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States||Non-title bout, Guillard missed weight (159 lbs).|
|Win||32–13–2 (2)||Gesias Cavalcante||TKO (punches and elbows)||WSOF 11||July 5, 2014||2||2:36||Daytona Beach, Florida, United States||Catchweight (157 lbs) bout; Guillard missed weight.|
|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||NC (illegal knee)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz||October 26, 2013||1||1:57||Manchester, England, United Kingdom||Pearson was unable to continue after being cut by an accidental illegal knee.|
|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 and punch)||UFC 150||August 11, 2012||1||1:16||Denver, Colorado, United States||Catchweight (157.5 lb) bout; 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||3:04||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||TKO (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||Guillard tested positive for benzoylecgonine (cocaine metabolite).|
|Win||21–5–2 (1)||Gabe Ruediger||TKO (body punch)||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 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 (doctor stoppage)||The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale||November 5, 2005||2||2:55||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|NC||18–4–2 (1)||Roger Huerta||NC (overturned)||Freestyle Fighting Championships 14||March 5, 2005||3||5:00||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States||Originally a decision win for Guillard; overturned due to Guillard greasing between rounds.|
|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 (armbar)||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|
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