Freelance: Guillard Failed Pre-Win Drug Test
33-year-old Melvin "The Young Assassin" Guillard is off to possibly one of the roughest post-UFC starts of a career in recent memory. Including the loss that resulted in him being cut from the UFC, Guillard was 1-4 in his last five fights. He also failed to make weight for four of them. The New Orleans native then bounced from World Series of Fighting (WSOF) following a TKO and decision loss respectively, to Bellator MMA where he was on the negative side of a decision and knockout.
Then for the first time in just under three years to the day, Guillard pulled out a "W" in enemy territory in Kansas against David "The Caveman" Rickels at the end of last month with a highlight reel KO. The bout and ensuing victory were to be Guillard's last at 155 pounds as he looked to move to 170. His Welterweight debut will now be put on the back burner until after he has served a 1-year suspension for a failed drug test prior to facing Rickels.
The Kansas Athletic Commission released the following statement to the media:
"The Kansas Athletic Commission (KAC) has suspended the license of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Melvin Guillard for one year and has fined Guillard $10,000 for the result of a positive test for a non-performance enhancing banned substance. In addition, Guillard’s July 22, 2016 bout with David Rickels will be changed to a “no contest”.
The KAC learned of the results August 3, 2016, and Guillard’s suspension will be applied retroactively to July 22, 2016. All fighters licensed by the KAC are subject to random drug testing and must follow the world anti-doping (WADA) code.
“The first and foremost job of the Kansas Athletic Commission is to protect the health and welfare of the fighters we are charged with regulating,” Adam Roorbach, head of the Kansas Athletic Commission said. “Banned substances have no place in the world of combat sports, and their usage will not be allowed in the state of Kansas.”
Three days after his first Bellator win, Guillard wrote the following on Twitter and Instagram:
Thanks to everyone that didn't turn there back on me when everything was stacked against me these pass 4 fights. For the rest of you keep them turned so I don't fuckin spit in your faces. Real talk. $$$ YA"
It appears that the odds are still against both the aging fighter and his fans. As mentioned, the suspension is retroactive to July 22. As of the time of this writing, a response from Bellator MMA has not been made and/or found. Guillard is now 0-2-0(1) as a part of the organization's roster. He has also not made a statement since the result of the test was published.