Things are already looking up for Melvin Guillard.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) said goodbye to the lightweight veteran and former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 2 standout, following a disappointing loss to Michael Johnson at the UFC Fight Night 37 event across the pond (more on that here).
But he's done enough in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career to put himself just two wins away from the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 155-pound strap, according to promotion Vice President Ali Abdel-Aziz (via MMA Fighting).
"I have big interest in Melvin. The guy is exciting and he always puts on great fights win, lose or draw. And I got the chance to train with him and spar with him, and the guy if he's focused, and he's training, Melvin Guillard is dangerous. I'd like to maybe get him a couple of wins, and maybe he can fight for the title one day. [Melvin] said he wanted to be a champion, and he fought in the UFC five or six times and didn't get a title shot. Listen, get two wins in here and you get a title shot."
A "happy" Guillard has yet to sign with WSOF and is likely considering offers from multiple promotions.
It should be noted that fellow UFC import Rousimar Palhares was able to secure a division title shot in his debut, while Yushin Okami is rumored to get one in just his second fight. Perhaps the depth of the 155-pound weight class would keep Melvin from jumping right into the deep end?
It's hard to imagine a violent knockout in his WSOF debut wouldn't have fans calling for "The Young Assassin" to get first dibs on the champ.
Anyone think otherwise?