UFC Quick Quote: Melvin Guillard leaves Greg Jackson to become a Blackzilian

UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard points his career in a new direction. Photo by ESPN.com.

"Both camps are great, both sets of coaches are awesome. It's just a decision I had to make for myself professionally. Did I want to split the time? Yeah, I did, but it's kind of like trying to work for Exxon and work for Shell. You won't be able to split your time between both. Cause both of those companies wouldn't allow it. So it came to one of those points in my life where I had to make a grown-up decision. Kind of an executive decision, and this is the decision I made. I didn't leave Jackson's in a bad way. I love those coaches to death, love that team, and if anything every occurs and I have to go back to Jackson's, I hope I'm still welcome, because I didn't leave in the wrong way. As fighters we have to make the decision who’s going to get us ready to take us to that next level. At the end of the day, all this hype about which coach is better than who, at the end of the day we’re the ones in there doing the job. We’re the ones that have to get in there and bust our butts. All they can do is give direction and make things go from there."

UFC lightweight contender Melvin Guillard, who fights Jim Miller at UFC on FX this Friday night (Jan. 20, 2012) at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, is hoping to work his way back into the 155-pound title hunt after "falling in love with his punching power" in a shocking loss to Joe Lauzon at UFC 136 last October. To help prepare for his trip to "Music City," Guillard tells MMA Weekly he officially parted ways with Greg Jackson's MMA and hooked up with the Blackzilians alongside friend and former training partner Rashad Evans. Knee-jerk reaction? Or smart career move? See more of "The Young Assassin's" reasons for switching camps right here.

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