Melvin Guillard returns to the Bellator cage after his suspension is reduced by six months.
Guillard and Chidi Njokuani have been booked to headline at Bellator 171 in Mulvane, Kansas on January 27, according to MMA Fighting.
Guillard was suspended for one year after failing an in competition drug test by the Kansas Athletic Commission. The test dates back to his fight with David Rickels in late July. The commission is not entitled to release any information regarding the substance Guillard was popped for, but rumours are it was cocaine. It wouldn’t be the first time Guillard has tested positive for the elicit drug.
According to MMA Fighting, Guillard agreed to undergo treatment and following his completion of the program he subsequently had his suspension reduced to six months. Guillard will still have to pay a $10,000 fine and obviously his fight with Rickels was made a no contest.
Guillard has struggled in every way a fighter can. Once a UFC lightweight title contender Guillard has gone 2-6 with 2 no contests in his last 10 fights and has missed weight in four of his last five. Given his weight struggles his upcoming fight with Njokuani will be fought at a catchweight of 175 pounds. Even with all his struggles Guillard is capable of putting on a show with his ultra-aggressive power punching style.
Njokuani is undefeated in the Bellator cage at 3-0 and is 8-1 with 1 no contest in his last 10 fights. The impressive welterweight is coming off a 21 second KO of Andre Fialho at Bellator 167 in December of last year. Before that he was able to finish Thiago Jambo Goncalves with a body kick and punches at Bellator 156 in June.
Two other fights have already been booked to accompany the main event. In the co-main event David Rickels will meet Aaron Derrow and in a battle of two undefeated fighters Jordan Young will face-off with Chris Harris. Overall it is shaping up to be an exciting night of fights.