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Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard was born in 1983 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was son of a Baptist minister and had 4 brothers and two sisters. Melvin was raised just outside of New Orleans in the suburban town of Kenner.
Melvin started playing sports at the age of six where he was the king of playground football. He then started wrestling in the 6th grade. Melvin attended Bonnable High School in Kennar where he wrestled and played football. He was extremely athletic and was on the Junior National wrestling team for Louisiana. He also received outstanding achievements as an outside line backer for his high school football team.
Melvin began his love for fighting through his high school wrestling coach and longtime friend Warren Donnely. In addition to coaching Donnely was also competing in Mixed Martial Arts events. He would allow Melvin to train with him and come with him to the events but refused to let Melvin fight. He told Melvin he would allow him to fight once he won the state wrestling title. Melvin did just that and won the state wrestling title in his senior year of high school. Shortly after that Melvin spent his days training in jiu-jitsu and boxing. His first fight came due to circumstance more than anything. Melvin had actually gone to one of Warrens fights as a spectator but left as a fighter. The show had a last minute drop out and asked Melvin if he would like to fill in. Melvin took the opportunity and knocked his guy out in the first round. He enjoyed the thrill of fighting and never looked back as he embarked in his new journey as an Ultimate Fighter.
Melvin stuck to very active schedule as an amateur fighter. His current manager at the time scheduled fights for him at least once, sometimes twice a week. Melvin kept this pace up for a year and half and had over 60 amateur fights throughout this time period. He continued to train his jiu-jitsu and boxing but also began learning the art of Muay Thai. This allowed Melvin to develop his talents and be more of an offensive threat than he already was. Melvin was young and maintained himself injury free throughout all these fights.
His first professional fight came as a surprise. He actually had just beaten Joe Ankonen and was told after the match that it was a professional bout. Melvin started his pro career with the same fury as he left his amateur one with. He wasted no time scheduling one fight after another. He also kept busy scheduling kickboxing matches in-between his MMA bouts. At only 22 years of age Melvin has acquired a long resume of fights. He is 37-4-4 as a professional and has earned a few belts along the way. He currently holds the ISKA and ICF welterweight kickboxing titles. In addition to this he holds 3 MMA titles. He is The Art of War, Battle of New Orleans, and Battle of the Bayou welterweight champion.
Melvin has only begun to show the world what he can do. He was just recently featured as a welterweight contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 2 reality series on Spike TV. Melvin is currently training in Utah for his upcoming bout in the UFC. He plans on one day becoming the UFC welterweight champion and is currently working towards that goal. Stay tuned to fight tv to get all the latest information on “The Young Assassin”.
In 2005 Guillard fought 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 rounds.
Guillard later participated in The Ultimate Fighter 2, but was eliminated from the competition after losing by unanimous decision against Josh Burkman. 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. Guillard lost his fight against Rich Clementi at UFC 79 by rear-naked choke at 4:40 of the first round. Both before and after the bout there was heated trash talking which included Guillard giving Clementi the finger during the introductions. Guillard also attempted to attack Clementi after being submitted, but was restrained by referee Herb Dean.
Guillard was slated to fight Spencer Fisher at UFC 90 in Chicago on October 25, 2008, but was replaced by Shannon Gugerty due to a torn ACL. Guillard defeated Gleison Tibau at TUF 9 Finale by split decision June 20, 2009 in a highly controversial fight where many had Tibau as the winner. Tibau scored numerous takedowns, but was unable to inflict much damage on the ground. For reasons unexplained, the judges scorecards were not read, only the result. Guillard was defeated via guillotine choke by Nate Diaz on September 16, 2009 at UFC Fight Night 19.
Guillard next faced Ronnys Torres on February 6, 2010 at UFC 109. Melvin recently joined well respected coach Greg Jackson’s camp out in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Guillard showing improved submission defense and patience in the fight, won via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Guillard was scheduled to face Thiago Tavares on May 29, 2010 at UFC 114, but Tavares was forced off the card with an elbow injury. Guillard fought and defeated UFC newcomer Waylon Lowe by the way of KO in the first round.