Melvin Guillard is undoubtedly one of the most explosive fighters in the UFC. However, in recent years, he’s had some difficulty finding a gym he can call his own. He’s been associated with some of the most high level MMA gyms in the world, including Greg Jackson’s and the Blackzillians but it seems that neither of them fit Guillard just right. Now, the veteran lightweight has finally found a team he feels is the right choice, in the guys at American Top Team.
Melvin took some time before his most recent bout against Michael Johnson (in which he lost via unanimous decision) to talk with mixedmartialarts.com‘s Jonathan Shrager about moving to ATT, keeping in touch with old coaches and trainers, and still making a run for the title.
“American Top Team will be the last team I’m affiliated with.” Guillard stated when asked about what gym he worked with prior to his bout with Michael Johnson. “When I’m done with American Top Team, I’ll be retiring from the sport.”
According to Guillard, he has finally found a gym in which he feels like he’s fit in. He was then asked whether he still kept contact with anyone from the previous gyms in which he’s trained.
“Some trainers I’m still in contact with; some I don’t talk to anymore.” Guillard went on to say that he has taken something from every training experience he’s had, and in MMA, it was wise to do so. “This sport’s so big, and it evolves so fast, that you always have to be on your toes.”
The 31 year old was then asked about his continuance to make a run for the title at 155 and if he felt that he was in any way running out of time.
“No man. I’m going to get it. … my legacy won’t be fulfilled until I win that belt.”
Check out the full interview here.
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