Bellator MMA announced on Wednesday (via press release) that Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard (32-14-2 2 NC) will make his Bellator debut in a lightweight bout against Brandon “Cold Roll” Girtz (11-4) on Friday, Aug. 28 at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif.
This fight also serves as the main event for the event, which is titled, “Bellator MMA: Guillard vs. Girtz,” that airs live on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary bouts will stream on Spike.com at 7 p.m. ET.
Additional bouts will be announced shortly.
“Since signing Melvin [Guillard] in May, we have been anxious to get him inside the Bellator cage,” Bellator MMA President Scott Coker said. “Brandon Girtz has performed well for us and will face his stiffest competition to date when he meets the 50-fight veteran. I’m really looking forward to the event, as well as returning to one of our favorite venues in Pechanga Resort and Casino.”
Guillard has fought in the UFC and in World Series of Fighting. He was cut from the UFC a few years ago and then went on to sign with World Series Of Fighting in 2014, which he posted a 1-1 MMA record.
Guillard will need to change his fighting style has he is 1-2-1 in his last four fights.
For those interested in attending this event, tickets start at just $50. They go on sale this Friday at Pechanga.com and the Pechanga Resort & Casino box office. Doors for the event open at 4 p.m. PT local time and the first contest takes place one hour later.