UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard is attempting to turn his career around after enduring the roughest patch of his career, falling in four of his last five fights. To do so, “The Young Assassin” seemed to have a plan in place and announced he was leaving the Blackzilian camp to head back to Greg Jackson’s gym where he started off. However, based on Guillard’s past behavior, his request to return was rejected and the 30-year old’s future quickly became cloudy.
With that ordeal behind him, Guillard has finally found a new home in the form of Grudge Training Center. The Colorado-based gym is home to the likes of Shane Carwin and Nate Marquardt with respected coach Trevor Wittman running things.
Guillard confirmed the matter on Twitter, writing, “Heading to my first workout with Team Grudge. I slept in a basement. These are the thing’s I’ve been missing. Felt good. Let’s get it.”
Wittman also shed some light on the situation in a recent conversation with MMAJunkie where he said his relationship from working with Guillard at Jackson’s MMA played a role in the decision to bring the TUF 2 alumnus on board. Additionally, Wittman offered some insight on how he’ll be approaching his time with the powerful pugilist.
“Melvin has to be Melvin. He’s got to find who he is and where he performs the best. A good coach is going to find out where and what makes an athlete perform. Melvin’s one of those guys that’s a spot fighter. He has shown spots of greatness. There were runs where he’d go three or four fights in a row with all finishes,” explained Wittman. “Seeing a guy like that, you can either be at the top of the game or the bottom of a game, or you can be a gatekeeper. When you’re mind is not right and you’re fighting for the wrong reasons and outside of what you do well, that’s where you see an athlete going downhill. To me, it’s all about where you are mentally.”
The 30-12 Guillard has finished 21 of his foes with nineteen TKOs notched on his belt. Among his notable wins are those against the likes of Dennis Siver, Gleison Tibau, Jeremy Stephens, and Evan Dunham. He is currently scheduled to mix it up with Mac Danzig in late July at UFC on FOX 8.
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