|Nickname||The Young Assassin|
|Height||5' 9" (175 cm)|
|Style||Wrestling, Muay Thai|
|Birth Date||March 30, 1983|
|Fighting Out Of||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Melvin Guillard Pictures||Official Website|
Melvin Paul Guillard, Jr. is an American mixed martial artist currently fighting at Lightweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He debuted with the company on The Ultimate Fighter 2 television series, losing in the first Welterweight elimination bout to Josh Burkman. Guillard recently received his blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricco Rodriguez.
|Record||30 - 12 - 2 (Win – Loss – Draw) (1 NC)|
|Loss||Jamie Varner||Decision (Split)||UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2||12/29/2012||3||5:00|
|Loss||Donald Cerrone||KO (Head Kick and Punch)||UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar 2||8/11/2012||1||1:16||Won Fight of the Night|
|Win||Fabricio Camoes||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2||7/7/2012||3||5:00|
|Loss||Jim Miller||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC on FX 1: Guillard vs. Miller||1/20/2012||1||2:04|
|Loss||Joe Lauzon||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3||10/08/2011||1||0:47|
|Win||Shane Roller||KO (Punches)||UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber 2||7/02/2011||1||2:12|
|Win||Evan Dunham||TKO (Knees)||UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2||1/22/2011||1||2:58|
|Win||Jeremy Stephens||Decision (Split)||UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop||9/25/2010||3||5:00|
|Win||Waylon Lowe||KO (Knee to the Body)||UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans||5/29/2010||1||3:28||Originally slated to face Thiago Tavares|
|Win||Ronnys Torres||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 109: Relentless||2/06/2010||3||5:00||Bout featured on SpikeTV; first bout under tutelage of Greg Jackson|
|Loss||Nate Diaz||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard||9/16/2009||2||2:13|
|Win||Gleison Tibau||Decision (Split)||The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale||6/20/2009||3||5:00|
|Win||Dennis Siver||TKO (Punches)||UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin||7/05/2008||1||0:36||Won Knockout of the Night Honors|
|Win||Eric Regan||Decision (Unanimous)||RITC 105: Friday Night Fights||3/07/2008||3||3:00|
|Loss||Rich Clementi||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 79: Nemesis||12/29/2007||1||4:40|
|Loss||Joe Stevenson||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC Fight Night 9: Stevenson vs. Guillard||4/05/2007||1||0:27||Guillard later tested positive for cocaine|
|Win||Gabe Ruediger||KO (Punch to the Body)||UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn||9/23/2006||2||1:01|
|Win||Rick Davis||KO (Punch)||UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie||5/27/2006||1||1:37||Lightweight debut|
|Loss||Josh Neer||Submission (Triangle Choke)||UFC Fight Night 3: Ultimate Fight Night 3||1/16/2006||1||4:20|
|Win||Marcus Davis||TKO (Cut)||The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale||11/05/2005||2||2:55||UFC debut|
|NC||Roger Huerta||No Contest (Overturned by Commission)||FFC 14: Freestyle Fighting Championship 14||3/05/2005||3||5:00||Originally a decision in favor of Guillard, but it was overturned when Huerta appealed the decision because Guillard's cornerman greased his shoulders between rounds; Guillard won the FFC 14 Tournament and a shot at the FFC Lightweight title, but signed with the UFC instead|
|Win||Peter Kaljevic||TKO (Elbows)||FFC 14: Freestyle Fighting Championship 14||3/05/2005||1||2:24|
|Win||Darrell Smith||TKO (Punches)||FFC 14: Freestyle Fighting Championship 14||3/05/2005||1||3:07|
|Win||Robert Emerson||Decision (Split)||RCF: Cold Hearted||2/19/2005||3||5:00|
|Loss||Santino Defranco||Submission (Triangle Choke)||ISCF: Domination at the DAC||11/20/2004||1||2:33|
|Win||Jason Hathaway||TKO (Punches)||ISCF: Compound Fracture||N/A||1||0:37|
|Draw||LaVerne Clark||Draw||RCF: Dual in the Delta||9/25/2004||3||N/A|
|Win||Angel Nievens||Decision (Unanimous)||FFC 11: Explosion||9/10/2004||N/A||N/A|
|Loss||Ryan Stout||Submission (Armbar)||BONO 14: Battle of New Orleans 14||7/14/2004||1||2:55|
|Draw||Lee King||Draw||BONO 13: Battle of New Orleans 13||6/25/2004||3||N/A|
|Win||Rich Miller||TKO (Punches)||EC 58: Extreme Challenge 58||6/11/2004||2||2:07|
|Win||Kyle Bradley||TKO (Punches)||FFC 9: Freestyle Fighting Championships 9||5/14/2004||1||4:20|
|Loss||Jake Short||Decision (Unanimous)||FFC 8: Freestyle Fighting Championships 8||3/05/2004||N/A||N/A|
|Loss||Carlo Prater||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||FFC 7: Freestyle Fighting Championships 7||12/19/2003||1||2:32|
|Win||Justin Wieman||TKO (Punches)||ISCF: Anarchy in August||8/02/2003||N/A||N/A|
|Win||Kyle Bradley||Submission (Armlock)||FFC 6: No Love||7/11/2003||1||2:54|
|Win||Paul Purcell||TKO (Punches)||AOW: Art of War||6/21/2003||1||N/A|
|Win||Diego Saraiva||KO (Punches)||ISCF: May Madness||5/21/2003||N/A||N/A|
|Win||Alex Kronofsky||KO (Punch)||BONO 6: Battle of New Orleans 6||4/26/2003||1||1:32|
|Win||Aaron Williams||TKO (Punches)||FFC 5: Freestyle Fighting Championships 5||4/25/2003||1||1:43|
|Win||Victor Estrada||Submission (Armbar)||BONO 5: Battle of New Orleans 5||3/22/2003||1||2:04|
|Win||Rod Ramirez||TKO (Punches)||BONO 4: Battle of New Orleans 4||2/15/2003||2||0:32|
|Win||Joe Jordan||Decision (Unanimous)||BONO 3: Battle of New Orleans 3||1/18/2003||N/A||N/A|
|Win||Jonathan Hargroder||KO (Punch)||BONO 2: Battle of New Orleans 2||12/21/2002||1||0:31|
|Win||Calvin Martin||Decision (Unanimous)||BONO 1: Battle of New Orleans 1||11/16/2002||N/A||N/A|
Mixed Martial Arts Career
In 2005 Guillard fought the most meaningful fight of his career up to that point, against Roger Huerta. After Guillard took a competitive decision victory, the fight was ruled a no contest after Huerta appealed the commission making an accusation that Guillard was greasing between round.
Guillard later participated The Ultimate Fighter 2, but was eliminated from the competition. Guillard returned at the season finale, defeating Marcus Davis by technical knockout. Fighting again at Welterweight, Guillard lost his next fight, against Josh Neer, by Triangle Choke submission; which surprised many in attendance. Guillard seemed to control the fight until then, opening a large cut on Neer's forehead in the process.
When the Lightweight division was reinstated at UFC 58, Guillard began to transition to the lighter weight class. He made his lightweight debut in the UFC at UFC 60, defeating Rick Davis by first round knockout. On September 23, 2006 Guillard fought former WEC lightweight champion Gabe Ruediger, at UFC 63. Guillard won the fight via KO with a body blow.
Then on a three-fight win streak, Guillard headlined UFC Fight Night 19 on September 19, 2009 against The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner Nate Diaz. Melvin looked very good early on, rocking Diaz with a big right hand and opening up a cut, landing two impressive Judo tosses, and barely getting hit the whole first round, utilizing very good head movement. Although in the second round, Melvin, still winning the stand up decisively, shot in for a takedown and got caught in a fight ending guillotine choke snapping his three-fight win streak.
Following the loss, Guillard teamed up with the famed trainer Greg Jackson, the trainer and tactician for other big named fighters such as Georges St. Pierre, Nathan Marquardt, and Rashad Evans, in hopes to change and take advantage of his raw talents.
Guillard would return to action at UFC 109: Relentless, where he faced off against Ronnys Torres. The two were first scheduled to meet at UFC Fight Night 18, but a knee injury forced Torres off the card, so now the bout will take place in February 2010. The bout was featured live on SpikeTV, before the airing of the live PPV. Guillard showed much improvement in his takedown defense against the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace, which included with his explosiveness earned him the Decision (Unanimous).
He returned to action to face Waylon Lowe on May 29, 2010 at UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans. He was originally slated to face off against Thiago Tavares, but his opponent was forced out of the fight, where Lowe replaced him. Lowe wanted nothing to do with Guillard's stand-up game, as he continued to try to take the fight to the mat, yet it proved to be his undoing as Guillard continually battered Lowe with knee strikes on the takedown attempts. One knee, one that landed viciously to Lowe's chest, sent Lowe crashing to the mat in obvious pain. Guillard walked away from his downed opponent ready to celebrate the win, though referee Yves Lavigne hadn't called an end to the fight. Guillard then followed with a pair of follow-up punches before the stoppage mercifully arrived at the 3:28 mark of the opening round.
After the win over Lowe, Guillard called out Jeremy Stephens.
- "I bring the knees; I bring the pain," Guillard said. "I'm ready for a title shot. First and foremost before a title shot, I want to fight Jeremy Stephens."
The Stephens fight materialized and took place on September 25, 2010 at UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop. Stephens remained the aggressor for much of the fight, but Guillard proved extremely difficult to hit. Guillard's reach and footwork made it difficult for Stephens to hit the mark often, but Guillard's attacks generally came only when his opponent dropped his hands to taunt his foe's lack of engagement. In the end, it was a closely contested bout with only a handful of highlight-worthy moments. All three judges interpreted the matchup differently, and Guillard was awarded a Decision (Split) victory with wildly varying scores of 28-29, 29-28 and 30-27.
Guillard fought The Ultimate Fighter 2 winner Joe Stevenson in the main event at UFC Fight Night 9 on April 5 and was defeated by Guillotine Choke in only 27 seconds after being dropped by a jab from Stevenson. Guillard publicly accused Stevenson of using Human Growth Hormones (HGH), but was later found to have submitted a urine sample positive for cocaine. After the fight, the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Guillard for eight months and fined him $2,100.
Ranks and Titles
- Louisiana State champion 2002
- Wrestled 2 years Louisiana junior national team
- Wrestled one year at Colby College
- Mixed Martial Arts Career
- Held two Kickboxing titles
- Held eight MMA titles including the Battle of New Orleans and Battle in the Bayou titles