Melvin Guillard will make his Bellator debut on Aug. 28. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
A lightweight duel between Melvin Guillard and Brandon Girtz will headline Bellator 141, promotion officials announced Wednesday.
The Aug. 28 card will take place at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., with the evening’s main card airing on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET. The preliminary draw will stream immediately prior on Spike.com at 7 p.m. ET. More bouts for the event will be announced in the coming weeks.
After flaming out in both the UFC and World Series of Fighting, Guillard will be looking for a fresh start in Bellator MMA. The Louisiana native missed weight for both of his WSOF bouts, a win over Gesias Cavalcante at WSOF 11 and a split decision defeat in his final promotional appearance against Justin Gaethje at WSOF 15. “The Young Assassin” was pulled from WSOF 20 after failing to submit his medicals prior to a proposed matchup with Ozzy Dugulubgov and was granted his release shortly thereafter. Prior to his WSOF stint, Guillard went 12-9 with the UFC, including triumphs over Dennis Siver, Gleison Tibau, Jeremy Stephens and Evan Dunham.
Girtz, meanwhile, is 4-2 since joining Bellator in 2012. The former NCAA Division II All-American wrestler at Minnesota State University last competed at Bellator 126, where he defeated Benny Madrid via technical knockout 57 seconds into round one. Girtz was cleared to compete in May after recovering from an ACL injury suffered in training, according to a release. “Cold Roll” is 11-4 as a professional, with seven of his triumphs coming by way of submission.