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Melvin Guillard: Assault charges in Albuquerque, possible jail time, prevent Greg Jackson reunification

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You know the old expression, "You can't go home again." Especially if you're wanted by local law enforcement.

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Looks like we have our answer.

The question was, "Why can't Melvin Guillard return to Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico?" The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight left on what he says were "good terms" back in early 2012, but this report said his request to join his former teammates was denied.

MMA Junkie explains why:

According to Bernalillo County (N.M.) court records, Guillard currently faces five charges: two misdemeanor counts of aggravated battery, to which he pled not guilty. Three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear in court were settled. A jury trial on the assault charges is set for April 10, where he faces six months in jail for each count, in addition to fines and probation.

Sounds like Melvin's next fight will be in court.

"The Young Assassin" is not the first UFC fighter to be wanted for assault charges. Last year, fellow 155-pound slugger Jeremy Stephens was arrested just hours before his UFC on FX 5 fight against Yves Edwards in Minneapolis (find out why here).

With the way ZUFFA has been cutting people, in addition to a 1-4 record over his last five fights, Guillard needs to get the ship turned around -- fast. Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more details on his upcoming court appearance as they become available.