Aljamain Sterling isn’t headed to Bellator, but Melvin Guillard believes we’ll start to see more free agents leave the UFC in 2016.
Guillard has seen it all. The veteran lightweight has over 50 professional bouts and spent nearly a decade with the UFC between 2005 and 2014. After a two-fight stop in World Series of Fighting, Guillard signed with Viacom-owned Bellator MMA last May.
The consensus No. 2 promotion managed to lure away former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and Guillard doesn’t sound surprised.
“I’ve watched Bellator grow,” Guillard told MMA Fighting. “Now that they’ve moved away from the tournament fighting it will grow even more. The UFC with this Reebok deal is ridiculous. That deal ended up being a blessing in disguise for a lot of fighters and organizations because now they have the opportunity to sign a lot of talent. Guys aren’t re-signing with the UFC, and I know for a fact that a lot of guys are going to cross over.”
Guillard can’t speak for everyone, but says the structure of his contract with Bellator allows for much more control and an opportunity to make “make a living.”
“Within the next two or three fights my pay will go up tremendously,” said Guillard. “The ball is in my court. As far as making prime money it’s all based on me getting wins. I want to fight five times this year so I can make sure I have half a million dollars to a million dollars in the bank. That’s a reality for me.
“I’ve always had a good relationship with [UFC president] Dana White. I still do, but I’m not excited about how things are going with the UFC on the endorsement side and the Reebok deal. Bellator’s given me an opportunity to control my own destiny with ….View full article
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