Last night UFC Lightweight Melvin Guillard tweeted that he was leaving the Blackzillians camp and returning to Greg Jackson's MMA in New Mexico. Now reports are emerging that he may not be welcome back at his old camp. Damon Martin tweeted it first:
I'm hoping to find out more later but I've been told specifically by sources that Melvin Guillard will NOT be back at Jackson's MMA— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) March 25, 2013
Sherdog has more:
However, a source close to the situation confirmed to Sherdog.com on Monday that the fighter known as "The Young Assassin" will not be granted access to train with the renowned camp, which he once called home for more than a year and a half. Jackson's MMA currently houses a bevy of 155-pound talent, from "Fight of the Night" staple Donald Cerrone to up-and-coming Russian prospect Rustam Khabilov. Guillard, meanwhile, has lost four of his last five fights.
Meanwhile Jonathan Snowden has an excellent piece looking at Guillard's tenure with the Blackzillians and his prior tenure with Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn in New Mexico. Here's a taste:
...while his teammates were celebrating, UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard was quietly packing his bags and hustling his way out of town. Once a fighter on the path to a title shot, Guillard had lost four of his last five and was on the doorstep of oblivion-the fast path right out of the UFC. The solution, he believed, wouldn't be found in Florida. Guillard decided, instead, to pack his bags.
...Guillard has decided to cut his losses. He won five in a row with the Jackson-Winkeljohn team before moving to the Blackzilians, a move that was jinxed from the start. He lost his first fight under their banner, a 47 second blowout loss to Joe Lauzon, and his career has been in free fall ever since.
At the time, Guillard's move way from Jackson-Winkeljohn was a curious one. He was better than ever under Jackson's tutelage and raved about the camp's impact on his fight game.Read the rest.
Additionally, Damon Martin tweeted this:
@blakjordanbreen Bridges burnt. From what I've been told it was an entire team decision. Hope to find out more later— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) March 25, 2013