UFC Releases Ivan Menjivar & Melvin Guillard


As reported on MMAFighting.com the UFC has released a couple “name” fighters in Ivan Menjivar (25-12) and Melvin Guillard (31-13-2 (2 nc), pictured).

After a close to nine year run inside the UFC’s Octagon Guillard finds himself in need of a new promotion to call home.  A five fight winning streak over 2010 and ’11 had people saying Guillard would soon be challenging for a UFC title but setbacks to Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller derailed those plans.  A split from his longtime home at Jacksons MMA that has seen him change camps an additional two times before settling into his new gym at American Top Team hasn’t helped him find much in the way of consistency over that time.  His manager, Malki Kawa, has stated Melvin took the news well and is eager to move forward with his career.  No news of potential new promotions at this time.

Another well known fighter was released less than 24 hrs after ‘The Young Assassin’ as Tri-Star product Ivan Menjivar has also been released.  Having made his actual UFC debut back in June of 2004 Menjivar came up short in a fight versus former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra at UFC 48.  After a lengthy stint back on the regional scene, with a few fights in Japan mixed in for good measure, he found himself competing for the WEC.  When Zuffa merged that promotion into the UFC Menjivar made his way back inside the Octagon.  He got off to a great start in his second run with the company going 3-0, with two stoppages, but struggled after those initial three bout logging a 1-4 record over his next five.  He is currently mired in a three fight losing streak that is likely the reasoning for his release.  His manager, Mitch Mayberger, has stated his client intends to keep fighting.  He has also said he will be feeling out offers, and discussing them with Ivan and Tri-Star’s head coach Firas Zahabi.

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