The next chapter in Melvin Guillard's up-and-down career will take place inside of a Bellator cage. The promotion announced that the veteran lightweight had inked a multi-fight, multi-year contract with them in a press release earlier today. He doesn't have an opponent set as of yet. Bellator CEO Scott Coker commented on the signing in the release:
"We are excited to have Melvin coming onboard. With competitors the likes of Lightweight Champion Will Brooks, Michael Chandler, Marcin Held, Derek Anderson, Saad Awad, Dave Jansen and Patricky Pitbull on the roster already, the matchup possibilities for an exciting fighter like him are endless."
Guillard (32-14-2) was released by the UFC in early 2014 after a long run with the organization. He signed with World Series of Fighting, but missed weight for both of his bouts (one being a title fight) and a third scheduled fight didn't happen due to Melvin basically not showing up. He has also burned bridges with many training camps across the country over the last few years.
One guy not mentioned in Coker's list of potential opponents is the guy they'd seem most likely to match him up with - Paul Daley.