Melvin Guillard Leaving the Blackzilians but Remains with Same Management Team

Damon MartinContributor IMarch 28, 2013

August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Melvin Guillard before the start of the fight against Donald Cerrone (not pictured) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard is still seeking out a new home for his training, but he will remain with his current management team.

A report on Thursday initially stated that Guillard, who stated earlier this week that he was exiting his old team at the Blackzilians, was also leaving his managers at Authentic Sports Management headed up by owner Glenn Robinson.

Robinson spoke to Bleacher Report on Thursday and confirmed that while Guillard is indeed leaving the Blackzilian team, he remains on good terms with the fighter and will still represent him as his manager.

Guillard teamed up with his manager in 2011 and shortly thereafter moved to Florida to begin training with the newly formed team started by Robinson and headed up by former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and fellow veterans Jorge Santiago, Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante and others.

During his time as full-time member at the Blackzilians, Guillard's UFC record was 1-3 overall including dropping recent back-to-back fights to former training partner Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and most recently a split decision to Jamie Varner at UFC 155.

Following the recent two-fight skid, Guillard made the announcement on Sunday that he was leaving the Blackzilians and re-teaming with his old trainers at Greg Jackson's MMA in New Mexico.  Guillard was part of Team Jackson for a few years where he saw the biggest success during his UFC career and was likely only a fight away from a title shot when he suffered a loss to Joe Lauzon at UFC 136 in 2011.

While Guillard looked to go home again, the move was rebuffed as reports surfaced just hours later that stated in fact the former Ultimate Fighter Season 2 cast member would not be welcome back at Jackson's after the two parties split just a year-and-a-half earlier.

Guillard has yet to make a formal statement about his exit from the Blackzilians or his potential return to Jackson's MMA since his Twitter post on Sunday. 

It appears as of now, Guillard is still a fighter without a home in regards to his training, but he still has a management team behind him while he awaits word on what's next for his career.

Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report