Guillard to Take Leave of Absence from UFC

Melvin Guillard has stated that he will be taking a short leave of absence from the UFC to fight in smaller promotions and try to get back on track.

Guillard made the comments in a recent interview with The Baltimore Sun:

I’m going to take a few fights outside the UFC to get back some of my wins. Hopefully, it’s not any all-around chumps. I’m not going to take any fights at 155 [pounds] outside the UFC. I want to fight at 170 [pounds]—a weight class above mine outside the UFC. I’m probably scheduled to fight again in the UFC late March, early April if they bless me with that.

Guillard goes on to talk about the controversy behind his feud with Rich Clementi, his made-up rivalry with Joe Stevenson, and his plans for the future. It’s a really good read.

Guillard goes on to say that the UFC has told him that they don’t want him to fight anybody at 155 lbs outside of the UFC, which seems kind of odd to me. Guillard says that he’ll be happy to go back up to welterweight and would even try middleweight if the opportunity presents himself.

Even more strange, Guillard believes that the UFC wouldn’t care if he lost at 185 lbs while on his hiatus. I don’t know about anyone else but a loss is a loss and I’m sure Dana White and Joe Silva won’t be happy either way.

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