UFC on FX 1 is on tap for this Friday, and lightweight Melvin Guillard will face off with Jim Miller in the main event. Guillard has always been known as a guy with a ton of talent, but has had problems being mentally focused at times. He moved to Greg Jackson's camp in Albuquerque to help straighten things out and stay on the straight and narrow, and initially it seemed to be a big help. Before being upset by Joe Lauzon at UFC 136, it seems that Guillard decided to check out a new camp and work with the Blackzillians in Florida. He went there and liked it, and he has decided to make a full-time move to Boca Raton. Guillard was a recent guest on MMA Weekly radio, and discussed the move:
"Both camps are great, both sets of coaches are awesome. It’s just a decision I had to make for myself professionally. Did I want to split the time? Yeah, I did, but it’s kind of like trying to work for Exxon and work for Shell. You won’t be able to split your time between both. Cause both of those companies wouldn’t allow it," Guillard told MMAWeekly Radio recently.
"So it came to one of those points in my life where I had to make a grown-up decision. Kind of an executive decision, and this is the decision I made."
"It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time for myself."
He wants it to be very clear there that is no bad blood with Jackson or his camp though:
"I didn’t leave Jackson’s in a bad way. I love those coaches to death, love that team, and if anything every occurs and I have to go back to Jackson’s, I hope I’m still welcome, because I didn’t leave in the wrong way," Guillard said.
"One thing my mother taught me when I was a kid growing up ‘you never leave home bad because you never know when you might need to come back through that door.’ I hope the coaches there and the team there still love for me and care for me the way they did when I was performing for them."
Will a new camp be able to refocus Guillard after his recent loss? I guess we'll find out on Friday.