There are few relationships that seem to sour quite as badly as those between the UFC and those longtime fighters they choose to release. Many of their most vociferous critics. Now it would appear that Melvin Guillard is wasting no time in jumping on the bandwagon with his distaste for working under the Zuffa umbrella. He spoke to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour recently and had little in the way of praise for his former employer. Shaun Al-Shatti posted quotes from Guillard on Twitter.
Guillard was somewhat understandably miffed at the fact that he never managed to climb to the top of the UFC's pay scale in his time with the company. As one of the longest standing members, and most regularly hyped fighters, Guillard headlined 4 UFC cards while under contract. His results were never even, but it's a good question as to what his value to the UFC was and how well that was reflected in his contract.
Guillard not happy with being in the UFC for 9 years and "not even breaking the 50/50 mark in pay."— Shaun Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) March 24, 2014
Unfortunately, I'm not sure that some of Guillard's other comments about pay in the MMA landscape are quite in line with reality. There are very few promotions that could ever afford to not only pay him more than 50/50, but put him on four or more cards a year.
Guillard: "Another company is going to pay me probably way more than I was making in the UFC."— Shaun Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) March 24, 2014
Guillard says he wants to stay busy. Wherever he goes, wants "four to five fights, minimum, a year."— Shaun Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) March 24, 2014
Eventually, it will be interesting to see where Guillard ends up. Rumors are already circling that Bellator will not be making an offer for the former UFC lightweight, which probably leaves WSOF as the major front runner for his services. And the organization most likely to be somewhat in line with his high expectations.
Guillard: If I can go somewhere else and be the face of an organization, I’m happy with that.— Shaun Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) March 24, 2014
Guillard: Right now I feel like a real professional athlete. Whoever can bring the money can come talk to me.— Shaun Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) March 24, 2014