Guillard (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)Bellator MMA Inks UFC Veteran Melvin Guillard to Multi-Fight Deal José Youngs May 4, 2015 News, Spotlight Bellator MMA officials have officially announced the signing of former UFC fan-favorite Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard to a multi-year, multi-fight contract. At only 32 years of age, Guillard (32-14-2) has amassed 50 professional bouts in a career that dates back to 2002. With 21 victories coming by KO, Guillard has generated a large fan base with his exciting fighting style. “We are excited to have Melvin coming onboard,” stated Bellator President Scott Coker in a press release. “With competitors the likes of Lightweight Champion Will Brooks, Michael Chandler, Marcin Held, Derek Anderson, Saad Awad, Dave Jansen and Patricky Pitbull on the roster already, the matchup possibilities for an exciting fighter like him are endless.” During his 22-fight stint with THE UFC, Guillard broke MMA icon BJ Penn’s record for most KO’s in the lightweight division with eight, an accolade which he still holds to this day. Also during this time he earned victories over notable names that include Marcus Davis, Dennis Siver, Gleison Tibau, Evan Dunham, and Jeremy Stephens. However in recent months, Guillard has drawn the ire of MMA fans as he came in overweight in both of his appearances under the World Series of Fighting banner, including coming in 4 pounds over for his title fight against Justin Gaethje. His time with WSOF would come to an end after failing to produce his medicals ahead his scheduled WSOF 20 bout agaisnt Ozzy Dugulubgov. As a result, WSOF pulled him from the event before cutting ties with the AKA product all together. A debut date and opponent will be announced for Guillard in the near future.