Longtime UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard is at an important crossroads where his career is concerned. “The Young Assassin” is coming off two consecutive losses and has only come out winner once in his last five fights.
With a match-up with Mac Danzig on tap for this weekend at UFC on FOX 8, Guillard knows he’s in a “must win” position but believes his recent move from The Blackzilians to Grudge MMA will pay dividends inside the Octagon.
Guillard told UFC.com:
“Living in South Florida is great, but it wasn’t great for training for me.”
“I’ve known coach Trevor for years, and I got to work with him when I fought Cowboy (Cerrone) in Denver because my coaches weren’t in town yet. So we crossed so paths so many times, it was just destined for us to link up. He’s a really good, seasoned boxing coach, he’s trained a lot of world champions, and I figured if anybody can get me back to my boxing, which is my strong point, it would be him and coach Jake (Ramos). He (Ramos) is just like Trevor. It worked out great for me, and plus, I have a very outgoing personality, and this is the first gym in a long time where guys accept my personality for what it is, and I can be myself. There are a lot of great guys here, and it almost has the same feel as Jackson’s. It’s just a different group of guys.”
And if it weren’t for the daily trips to the golf course between training sessions and his video game playing, you could say the 30-year-old New Orleans native was going old school Rocky IV in preparation for his Saturday fight against Mac Danzig.
“We have a fight house here in Denver, but I’m still in the basement,” he laughs. “But you know what, living in that basement ain’t so bad. It gives you a chance to get back to your roots and get hungry again. So sleeping in the basement on a little twin mattress makes all the difference.”
“Here, I get to get back to my boxing, sprawl and brawl, and those are the things that made me the fighter I am in the UFC and had me winning. And I want to get back to winning, so I think coming out to Denver to train with Grudge was the best thing that ever happened to me.”
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