UFC releases Melvin Guillard after loss to Michael Johnson at Fight Night 37

Following a lackluster fight in the co-main event slot of the most recent Fight Night card, the UFC has decided to part ways with longtime prodigal son, Melvin Guillard.

It looks like it may be time for Tim to resurrect the cut list, or at least revamp it to "Fighters who have been around for a long time and have probably priced themselves out of their performance level." It doesn't have much of a ring to it, but you get the idea. Following in the tradition of cuts to fighters like Yushin Okami, Jon Fitch, and Vladimir Matyushenko (althogh Guillard never reached a UFC title shot), MMA Junkie reports that the UFC has decided to part ways with "The Young Assassin".

Guillard will end his UFC run with a 12-9 (1 NC) record under Zuffa. He has wins over Evan Dunham, Jeremy Stephens, Gleison Tibau, and Dennis Siver and has had notably close recent fights with Donald Cerrone and Jamie Varner. While he's only currently riding a one fight losing streak (hardly a streak at all) his only wins since late 2011 have come against Fabricio Camoes and Mac Danzig and there have been five losses and a no-contest sprinkled around those two wins.

This isn't even the first time Guillard has been released from the UFC, however. Back in 2008, following two losses to Joe Stevenson and Rich Clementi, Guillard was given his walking papers. That lasted for all of one fight and about six months, after which he returned to defeat Dennis Siver at UFC 86. Even given the intense amount of milage on his body (48 fights officially), Guillard is still only 30. A short, successful stint outside the UFC could see him right back in the fold as a last minute callup.

Also, given his relatively decent name value, youth, and the fact that he's only coming off a decision loss and not a string of brutal KOs, I wouldn't be surprised to see Guillard in Bellator within the year. He exactly fits the profile of the sort of high name fighters they seem to be willing to risk signing right now. So, who knows, it may not be long before we se the 22 fight UFC vet battling his way through a Bellator tourney.

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