UFC, Bellator Veteran Melvin Guillard Suffers Orbital Fractures in BKFC Knockout Defeat

By Tristen Critchfield Oct 11, 2021

It was not a night to remember for Melvin Guillard at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship’s event in Billings, Mont., on Saturday.

In addition to suffering a 59-second knockout loss to Joe Riggs in the BKFC Fight Night headliner, Guillard exited the bout with multiple orbital fractures that required surgery on Sunday. “The Young Assassin” brought word of his injuries in an Instagram post on Sunday morning.

“Just found out at 3:15 a.m. I have five fractures in my orbital so I will be having surgery today,” Guillard wrote. “Just wanted to get my fans, friends and family the news. I'll be okay, just keep me in your prayers. I'll be lying if I said I wasn't a little scared right now. We'll see what happens.”

Guillard posted an update later on Sunday that showed him leaving leaving the emergency room, with his left eye still completely swollen shut.

The 38-year-old Guillard fell to 0-4 under the BKFC banner in defeat. A veteran of the UFC and Bellator MMA, Guillard is winless in his last 10 mixed martial arts appearances dating back to 2014. He last appeared at United Combat League 32, where he dropped a unanimous decision to Terry House Jr. on Oct. 18, 2019.

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