UFC and Bellator veteran Melvin Guillard sits in a Colorado jail after his arrest in connection with a club brawl earlier this month.
Guillard, 35, was in Jefferson County (Colo.) court Monday on a separate domestic violence and assault case when police took him into custody on a warrant for simple assault.
Police say Guillard knocked out a bar patron after an argument at a club in Denver on Sept. 3. Video footage obtained by TMZ appears to show Guillard landing a crushing blow on an unidentified man before fleeing the club identified as Bar Standard.
According to online jail records, Guillard is charged with three counts of second-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault in relation to the incident. His bail is set at $10,000.
Guillard is due back in court Oct. 10 to answer for the domestic violence charges, which include second-degree assault by strangulation and domestic violence.
According to an affidavit obtained by MMAjunkie, he was arrested the morning of April 23 in Jefferson County, Colo., after a complaint filed by an on-again, off-again girlfriend. The woman claimed he punched and strangled her during an argument at his coach’s house. She said it was triggered after she and Guillard returned from a restaurant and had just been intimate when they began to argue over their relationship.
The woman told police she confronted Guillard about leaving his wife and the two got into a shouting match. Guillard allegedly then put his hands around her neck and strangled her, prompting her to slap him in the face. She told police she was scared Guillard “might kill her.” When Guillard let go, they began to argue again, and Guillard allegedly used a choke hold to silence her again. She told police he shook her from side to side before she managed to escape and call police.
In a separate interview with police, Guillard didn’t dispute the argument over their relationship and said he picked the woman up by her neck, after which she yelled, “What are you gonna do, hit me?” He claimed the woman slapped him when he told her to leave. Police noted Guillard appeared intoxicated, “but was well composed and clearly coherent.” The woman was observed with a bruised and swollen left eye, and she was “crying and had trouble verbalizing any thoughts.”
Guillard also is due back in court Oct. 10 to answer for another second-degree assault case, which stems from an incident on Sept. 30, 2017, in Jefferson County. According to an affidavit in support of a probable cause warrant, police were called to a hospital and contacted a man who claimed Guillard assaulted him at his home during an argument over his girlfriend.
The man said he Guillard had been friends, but then Guillard had begun to flirt with his girlfriend via social media. He intervened and exchanged several text messages prior to the incident where they were “talking (expletive) to each other. On the night of the assault, the man told police an acquaintance stormed into his house and caused a disturbance, prompting him to escort the acquaintance into the street. There, he found a 1999 Buick Regal with Guillard inside, and the two began to argue.
The man claimed Guillard “complained that he spent all of his time with his girlfriend and not enough time with him.” The man tried to get Guillard to leave, but the fighter exited his car and approached. Guillard allegedly punched the man multiple times, knocking him out, after the man reportedly called him a “jealous (expletive).” Police said the man had cuts and swelling on his nose and a lacerations under his eye and on his forearm. The man later told investigators he required several stitches and a surgically implanted metal plate to repair a broken orbital bone.
Trial for the domestic violence charges and alleged assault from this past year are scheduled to begin in January, Jefferson County District Attorney spokesperson Pam Russell told MMAjunkie.
Over the past seven years, Guillard (32-21-2) has a 3-13 record with a pair of no-contests. He has lost eight straight fights. He fought four times for Bellator in that stretch and went 1-3, but that lone win was overturned to a no-contest when he tested positive for a banned substance. In the past 15 months, he is 0-4 with four knockout losses, including when he fought for Australian Fighting Championship’s middleweight title.
In recent years, Guillard has struggled on the scale. In his past 10 fights, he has missed weight or fought at a catchweight in seven of them. That includes what was supposed to be a WSOF lightweight title shot against then-champ Justin Gaethje. When Guillard fought in the UFC, it was at lightweight. Over a stretch of more than eight years in the promotion, he went 12-9.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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