Melvin Guillard is back at Bare Knuckle FC 7, free on YouTube
Melvin Guillard began MMA in 2002, and in less than a year was 11-0. Now he has gone nine fights without a win.
Guillard fared better in bar fights, knocking out multiple people, but the law takes a dim view, and he's currently serving two years probation.
And the fighter has split with his wife of ten years.
Me and my wife, we’re not even on talking terms,” said Guillard to Alexander K. Lee for MMA Fighting. “If anything, that’s the biggest hit I took. ... Right now, there’s nothing I can say that’s gonna get her back and it’s just, only time will tell. ... I couldn’t care less if I never fought again, but losing my wife through all this, that was a heartbreaker. But I’m over it. All it did was make me that much of a more dangerous person in the ring because now I can be angry. ... I spent my whole life having to prove myself to people. But now I want to prove it to myself that I can do it and go all the way this time.”
The Young Assassin, 36, has done better in bare-knuckle boxing, going 2-2 in 2017. Guillard returns on Saturday vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 7, streaming in North America on YouTube, for free.
"I’m back to fighting hard, and in a matter of months, hopefully before the end of this year, I can be the champion for BKFC and hold the title. If I can win the title here, that will be my tenth title that I’ve ever possessed since I been fighting and to me that’s a milestone. ... a great accomplishment.”
“I should have hung it up for a little bit because I wasn’t loving it, I wasn’t having fun anymore, but instead of hanging it up, I stuck it out, I kept my job going. Because I’d be damned if I go punch the clock, so instead of punching the clock and hanging the gloves up, I said, ‘f@$% it,’ I just wasn’t training as much, I was traveling a lot. I was doing it more for the world travel than I was trying to win. And that’s why I was taking fights at 185. It made no sense to the world, but it made sense to me and at the time, that’s all I cared about.”
"I’m the black sheep. I’ve always been the black sheep. I’m kind of like The Lone Ranger right now, I don’t really per se have a significant team that I belong to like those guys anymore. I move around, I visit different teams, I train with different people. And a lot of times I end up doing things on my own.”
“Even with the good or the bad, the wins or the losses, I love the fact that I can be the baddest mother f@$#er in the room and I can also be the nicest guy in the room, but I can also go and have fun and do what I want and travel the world and leave and go like I want to. I’m on probation and I can still leave and go more than most people can that work a regular 9-to-5. So I admire what I do for a living and that’s not gonna change. I’m 36 years old and I still love it as if I was 14 again.”