UFC 136: Why did Melvin Guillard leave Jackson's MMA to go train with Rashad Evans?

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Because Melvin Guillard's coaches work for him, not the other way around.

That's according to the surging UFC lightweight "Assassin," who told Sherdog.com that he needs to get the best possible training for his upcoming fight against Joe Lauzon at UFC 136 on Oct. 8 in Houston.

Even if it means temporarily shacking up with "Suga," who may not be on the best terms with the boys in Albuquerque:

"I know a lot of people look at it like, ‘How are you at Jackson’s and you train with Rashad?’ Well, Rashad’s been like a brother to me since Season 2. Jon ... he’s my boy, he’s my teammate. I stay out of their beef, and I keep myself neutral to everything. For everybody that don’t know, that’s what it is. I still love Rashad like a brother, and I love Jon like a teammate. There are gonna be other times when I’m gonna go to Imperial, and I’m probably gonna train there again ... Until it presents a problem as far as my coaching goes, then I’ll deal with it when it comes. I’m my own boss; my coaches work for me, so it’s whatever I choose that I want to do to be successful in this game. I’m going to take those options."

Evans "filed for divorce" against the Jackson camp and joined Imperial Athletics after his highly-publicized falling out with former teammate Jon Jones, who stepped in for Evans and brought home the belt after neutralizing "Shogun" Rua at UFC 128 earlier this year.

As with any celebrity break-up, this one was public and messy, with mud being slung from pillar to post as the world's top two light heavyweights prepare for war at an event to be named.

And that leaves Melvin Guillard stuck in the the middle.

"The Young Assassin" made a name for himself in the short time he was on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 2 reality show, where he shared a house with Evans, who would go on to capture the TUF crown as a heavyweight.

Guillard makes no apologies for staying loyal to his friends, but will it eventually become the catalyst for drama between the opposing camps? Are we looking at another "Spy-Gate?"

And are you applauding Melvin for his actions? Or shaking your head?

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