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Monday, 01/16/2012, 10:30 am

UFC NEWS – Melvin Guillard Officially Leaves Greg Jackson To Train With Fellow Defector Rashad Evans And The Blackzilians


[box_light] “Both camps are great, both sets of coaches are awesome. It’s just a decision I had to make for myself professionally. Did I want to split the time? Yeah, I did, but it’s kind of like trying to work for Exxon and work for Shell. You won’t be able to split your time between both. Cause both of those companies wouldn’t allow it. So it came to one of those points in my life where I had to make a grown-up decision. Kind of an executive decision, and this is the decision I made. I didn’t leave Jackson’s in a bad way. I love those coaches to death, love that team, and if anything every occurs and I have to go back to Jackson’s, I hope I’m still welcome, because I didn’t leave in the wrong way… As fighters we have to make the decision who’s going to get us ready to take us to that next level. At the end of the day, all this hype about which coach is better than who, at the end of the day we’re the ones in there doing the job. We’re the ones that have to get in there and bust our butts. All they can do is give direction and make things go from there.”[/box_light]

In a recent interview with mmaweekly.com, UFC lightweight fighter Melvin Guillard announced that he is no longer on the team of Greg Jackson and has instead officially listed himself with the newly formed Blackzilian team with former teammate Rashad Evans.

Evans originally left team Jackson when it came to be that he and fellow teammate Jon Jones would have to fight each other. In what many viewed as a breach of trust, Jones leapfrogged Evans for a shot at the UFC’s light-heavyweight title and in the process proclaimed that he had no issue in fighting his mentor Evans.

Rashad took this as a sign of betrayal and left his longtime team headed up by Greg Jackson. After bouncing around to a few different Gyms, Evans took up home base in Florida and with a team of coaches and fighters formed the “Blackzilians.”

Melvin Guillard has now followed in his footsteps.

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