Once touted as a potential title contender in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight division, Melvin Guillard is now simply looking to keep his spot on the roster ahead of his fight against Mac Danzig at UFC on FOX 8 in Seattle, Washington.
Dropping two straight to Donald Cerrone and Jamie Varner and losing four of his last five bouts, Guillard has seen better days inside the Octagon, including a stretch of five straight wins from 2010 to 2011.
According to "The Young Assassin," it's that easy to go from a top contender in mixed martial arts (MMA) to fighting for your job. Especially in a crowded 155-pound division that offers stiff challenge each time out.
And he'll have another tough obstacle to overcome in Danzig if he hopes to avoid his third straight defeat and maintain his position as a ZUFFA employee.
He breaks it down to UFC.com:
"My goal right now is to get some quality wins. I just turned 30 this year, and if the title comes, it will come. But like everybody else, you gotta earn it. I thought it was gonna come a lot easier when I was on a five-fight win streak, but it was a wake-up call to let me know that I'm in the toughest division in the UFC right now, so I have to work even harder to get to that goal of a title. But right now, I'm not thinking about a title; I'm thinking about staying in the UFC and keeping my job."
After parting ways with "The Blackizilians," Guillard aligned himself with Trevor Whitman at Grudge Training Center, something Melvin says has helped him get back to basics.
It's with the aid of Whitman that has enabled the dangerous puncher to get back to his striking roots which earned him the reputation as one of the most devastating punchers in the business. Most importantly, the change of fight camps has allowed Guillard to be himself again, something he says he couldn't do down in Florida.
And this messy legal issue certainly didn't help.
Anyone think Melvin can right his ship and get back into the winner's circle? Or will Danzig give him his one-way ticket to the unemployment line in "Emerald City?"