Sherdog.com has learned that UFC lightweight prospects Melvin Guillard and Yves Edwards will likely be facing off this January 22nd, possibly at a UFC “Fight for the Troops” event.
Guillard tweeted earlier this week that he would be fighting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas but it is currently unknown whether or not the fight card will be billed as a “Fight for the Troops” event or otherwise.
At 26-8-2 as a professional mixed martial artist, Guillard has more experience under his belt than his twenty seven years of age would let on. “The Young Assassin” has had a tumultuous career as an MMA fighter, having tested positive for cocaine at one point and having had a win against Roger Huerta overturned after it was learned that Guillard had greased before the bout. However, it seems that Guillard is finally hitting his stride and has found maturity as a fighter; he recently relocated to the Greg Jackson training camp and has gone 3-0 since a September, 2009 loss to Nate Diaz. Guillard’s win streak came over Ronnys Torres, Waylon Lowe, and most recently Jeremy Stephens. Guillard’s UFC career record sits at 8-3.
A veteran of the sport with over fifty bouts to his credit, Yves Edwards has competed in almost every MMA promotion of note throughout his career. The Bahamian-born, American Top Team-trained fighter has fought under the PRIDE FC banner, the WEC, the UFC, EliteXC, Strikeforce and many more. During his tenure as a professional fighter he has fought against the likes of KJ Noons, Duane Ludwig, Mike Brown, Jorge Masvidal, Joe Stevenson, Mark Hominick, Caol Uno, Matt Serra, Hermes Franca, Josh Thomson and Nate Marquardt. His overall record is 39-16-1 and he recently returned to the UFC after some four years absent from the promotion; Edwards defeated John Gunderson by unanimous decision this past September at UFC Fight Night 22.