World Series of Fighting interested in the services of Melvin Guillard

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Lightweight Melvin Guillard, who was recently released by the UFC, is on the radar of rival promotion World Series of Fighting.

Melvin Guillard had some major ups and downs during his eight-plus years with the UFC. The lightweight competed 22 times inside the octagon, going 11-10 with one No Contest. But after a 2-5 (1 NC) streak where he showed little of the fire that made him a title challenger at one point, the promotion decided to pull the plug on his run and released him.

The 31-year-old stated after the fact that he was actually happy about the release. He seems to believe that another promotion will pay him more than he was making in the UFC, which was a little below the 50k/50k mark. One such suitor appears to be World Series of Fighting. The promotion's matchmaker and vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz was a guest on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani recently and stated that they'd be happy to bring Guillard into the fold:

"I’ve talked to Melvin Guillard myself," Abdel-Aziz said. "He called me, and I talked to his management…actually, his manager texted me, I owe him a call. But, yeah, of course, absolutely, I have big interest in Melvin. The guy is exciting and he always puts on great fights win, lose or draw. And I got the chance to train with him and spar with him, and the guy if he’s focused, and he’s training, Melvin Guillard is dangerous."

Personally, I don't think Guillard's going to get anywhere near what he thinks he'll get on the open market, especially from WSOF. They picked up two other high-profile UFC releases in Jon Fitch and Yushin Okami, and those guys are making about half of what they made in the UFC. So that might come as a bit of a shock to him. He might also not be a big fan of what Abdel-Aziz would have in mind for him if he did come in - winning at least two fights before he even gets a title shot:

"I’d like to maybe get him a couple of wins, and maybe he can fight for the title one day," Abdel-Aziz said. "[Melvin] said he wanted to be a champion, and he fought in the UFC five or six times and didn’t get a title shot. Listen, get two wins in here and you get a title shot."

WSOF's current lightweight champion is Justin Gaethje, who defends his title against fellow undefeated fighter Nick Newell at WSOF 11 on July 5th.

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