Melvin Guillard case heads to court ahead of his July 27 bout
The trial of UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard in an aggravated assault case is scheduled to begin today in a New Mexico courtroom.
Guillard, 30, faces two counts of aggravated battery stemming from a September 2010 bar fight. According to the criminal complaint obtained by SI.com, David Mick, an employee of the Albuquerque bar called The Library, saw Guillard placing another Library employee, Danny Garcia, in a headlock. Mick told police that as he helped usher Guillard out of the bar, Guillard grabbed Mick's right wrist and put the employee in a wristlock. Guillard then headed back into the bar and begin to strike Garcia again, according to Mick. The complaint states Mick told police he suffered a broken bone in his wrist and that Garcia could possibly lose some of his vision in his left eye.
Guillard told police Garcia was pushing him away from the bar and that an unidentified person grabbed him from behind, held him, before a group of people began hitting him. The fighter, according to the complaint, claims Garcia struck him and that he acted in self-defense.
Guillard previously entered a not guilty plea. If convicted, the fighter faces up to six months in jail on each count. A representative for Guillard was not immediately available for comment.
The fighter spent time in the Albuquerque area when he trained at Jackson/Winkeljohn MMA. He left the Albuquerque camp in 2012 and joined the Blackzilians in Florida. After to consecutive losses, last March he tweeted, "Im no longer a blackzillian I went back to where I belong Jackson's." The Jackson/Winkeljohn team, however, voted that Guillard was not welcome back.
Guillard found a new home at Grudge Training Center in Colorado and the lightweight (30-12-2) is scheduled to fight Mac Danzig (21-10-1) July 27 in Seattle as part of the UFC on FOX 8 lineup. Optimistic about his training, Guillard last Friday tweeted, "One month until you guys see the new and approved young assassin in action, new team, new vibe, new focus, I'm excited about this next fight."