The Baltimore Sun has a rather entertaining interview with recently defeated UFC lightweight Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard. In the interview, Melvin pulls no punches and in case you were wondering, the former TUF alum still has nothing but animosity towards one Rich Clementi.
“He’s just a snake. He’s a backstabbing bastard. He likes to get over on people. I grew up around him all my fighting career and I thought we would have been cool but he’s jealous of my success at an early age with The Ultimate Fighter and just stuff like that. So, I just got tired of hearing the [talk] and I confronted him about it last February at some fights at home (New Orleans). When I saw him [and had a] fistfight or whatever and I beat his ass then, I told him after that, ‘Every time I see you, we’re going to fight.’ And, that’s how it’s been ever since then.”
Guillard also jabs at Clementi taking the easy way out in going for a submission and not standing with him:
“I wasn’t surprised by the submission. I tried to shake him as much as I could off my back. But, he was holding on like a scared little bitch. He was holding on for dear life as if he let me go, he knew he would lose the fight.Of course, everybody saw that he was the victorious one [at UFC 79] but he sits up there and says, ‘I’ll stand toe-to-toe with Melvin, but everybody with their own eyes saw he wasn’t ready to stand up with me. He knew my weakness was my submission game as far as fighting him because he’s a seasoned jiu-jitsu guy — I’ll give him that”
In case that didn’t do it for you, here’s Melvin on how Clementi didn’t really win the fight:
“He really didn’t [win the fight]. He didn’t take my heart. I took his heart before he got in the ring. He was scared to fight me before he got in the ring. And, it’s like I tell everybody and I’m going to keep saying it, when I see him again, I’m going to fight him again. When I get ready to go home for Mardi Gras, he just knows not to be seen. I went home for New Years and the places he wants to go, he wasn’t even there. He knew I was going to be there looking for him. He never showed up anywhere. As long as he keeps hiding from me, running from me, I’m winning the war every day. Eventually, we’ll get another rematch in the UFC …”
That’s right, Melvin Guillard is winning the war on Rich Clementi every day. And I certainly feel safer knowing that Melvin is out there fighting for us. Additionally, Melvin was asked if he could now understand why Clementi mocked him at the end of the fight given all the trash talking and such, to which Melvin responded:
“No, I can never understand that and nobody is ever going to make me understand that. He disrespected me after the fight. He put his nuts on the back of my head. When I catch him, I’m going to kick him in his [expletive deleted] nuts. I can’t look at that and respect that. Because of the beef we have? Naw, I can’t. That’s honestly like me seeing him next time … and I spit in his face. My dad always told me if a man spit on you or slapped you, [expletive deleted] kill him. And if he put his nuts on my head on national TV, I’m going to [expletive deleted] kill him, period.”
Despite all of the expletives, you have to admit that quote is pretty hilarious. Moving on, Melvin talks about his future with the UFC and his plans to compete in some smaller promotions, not to mention the “side hustles”:
“I’m going to take a few fights outside the UFC to get back some of my wins. Hopefully, it’s not any all-around chumps. I’m not going to take any fights at 155 [pounds] outside the UFC. I want to fight at 170 [pounds] — a weight class above mine outside the UFC. I’m probably scheduled to fight again in the UFC late March, early April if they bless me with that. Other than that, I’ll take a lot of side hustles, make some money this year. Being suspended for eight months really hurt my pocket. You can put in the article [that] anybody [who] wants to donate to the Melvin Negro Fund, they can donate to that too because right now my pockets [are] hurting. Being suspended for eight months … I almost had to go work a regular job to survive. I don’t want to have that feeling again.”
Well I certainly don’t want Melvin to have to work a regular job like us jerks, that just wouldn’t be right. Any how I did manage to find one bright spot in the interview where Melvin talks about how his trash talking persona is just part of the game:
“Let me ask you this. If I wasn”t who I was, if I didn’t talk trash to these fighters, would you have a story to tell? Would you have a reason to call me? No. See what I’m saying? It comes with the game… If I’m not the person I am, then you all wouldn’t have a job. Yeah, I like to talk [expletive deleted] but I also back it up. I haven’t gotten my ass beat. I haven’t been in a fight yet where somebody has outclassed me or just beat me down. Every fight I’ve been in, the ones I’ve lost have been from submission or a close judges’ decision. When you really look at my record and all the losses that I have, I’ve lost to jiu-jitsu guys. Nobody is ever going to stand in front of me and beat my ass. My mom did that all my life so those days are over with. If I’m going to lose a fight because of somebody submitting me, I’ll take that any day over somebody beating my ass.”
I think we also need to remember that Melvin Guillard is just a 24-year-old kid who’s done a great deal in mixed martial arts given his age. Though he admittedly sounds like a new brand of crazy at points in the interview, at least he’s out there trying to give us a good show and after all, and if it weren’t for people like him, I wouldn’t even have a job.