(Sorry Melvin, you know the rules — every time you screw up, we post this picture of you. / Photo via CombatLifestyle)
As we mentioned yesterday, Melvin Guillard‘s announcement that he was leaving the Blackzilians for his old home at Jackson’s MMA was quickly shut down by the Albuquerque-based team, who apparently doesn’t want him back. According to MMAJunkie, it wasn’t only due to Guillard’s lack of loyalty in changing camps — a pair of 2010 assault charges could have also been a factor. Here’s the story:
Two months before UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard announced via Twitter that he was returning to Team Jackson-Winkeljohn in Albuquerque, N.M., the gym’s leaders voted to keep him from doing so. Guillard had inquired about a potential reunion through former teammates, who then passed word to the gym’s administration. The vote was unanimous.
“The Young Assassin” had angered the team in interviews he gave about a move this past year to Florida’s “Blackzilians” team, a source close to the MMA team told MMAjunkie.com. Adding to concerns, Guillard has two outstanding assault charges against him from separate incidents in Albuquerque in 2010…
According to Bernalillo County (N.M.) court records, Guillard currently faces five charges: two misdemeanor counts of aggravated battery, to which he pled not guilty. Three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear in court were settled. A jury trial on the assault charges is set for April 10, where he faces six months in jail for each count, in addition to fines and probation.
Team Jackson was reportedly caught off guard when Guillard tweeted the news that he was returning. “He’s not allowed back here,” said MMAJunkie’s anonymous source.
Though details on the assault charges are scarce, it’s not the first time that Guillard has been in the news for bad behavior. Following his submission loss to Joe Stevenson in April 2007, Guillard’s pre-fight urine sample tested positive for cocaine, and he was suspended from competition for eight months. Four months later, Guillard was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, and was subsequently jailed for probation violation.
Guillard has gone 1-4 over his last five fights, most recently losing a split-decision against Jamie Varner at UFC 155. We’ll update you when Guillard answers his assault charges in court next month.