Report: Melvin Guillard Avoids Jail Time, Faces Probation for Assault Charges

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Report: Melvin Guillard Avoids Jail Time, Faces Probation for Assault Charges
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard will not face jail time for assault charges that have been pending in Albuquerque, New Mexico since 2010, according to Sports Illustrated's Melissa Segura.

As MMA Junkie reported in March, Bernalillo County (N.M.) court records said that Guillard faced five charges: two misdemeanor counts of aggravated battery, to which he pleaded not guilty. Three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear in court were settled. 

Additionally, the report revealed that "The Young Assassin's" legal issues, as well as switching to the Blackzilians camp in Florida, prevented him from returning to Greg Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque. 

The change of scenery was ill-fated for the 18-fight UFC veteran, as he has gone just 1-3 in his four fights since leaving Jackson's MMA, getting finished in two of those losses. 

After being labeled a rising prospect for years, it looked like Guillard may finally reach his potential in the cage as he put together five wins between February 2010 and July 2011. 

His label as a dark horse title contender was quickly scrapped though, going 1-4 since then, most recently coming up short against former WEC champ Jamie Varner at UFC 155 in December. 

The knockout artist looks to get back to his winning ways against fellow Ultimate Fighter alumnus, Mac Danzig, at UFC on FX 8 next month. 

Will Guillard ever be able to live up to the hype and become a legitimate 155-pound title contender or is he forever destined to come up short in the fights that matter the most? 

 

John Heinis is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA Editor for eDraft.com and contributes MMA videos to The Young Turks Sports Show. 

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