FRIDAY NEWS DIGEST 7/28: Melvin Guillard suffers another KO loss, Tim Duncan takes up MMA training, Weidman, Flair, Bellator

By Cole Henry, MMATorch editorl

Melvin Guillard (photo credit Troy Taormina © USA Today Sports)

Melvin Guillard suffers another KO loss

I find myself writing an article about Melvin Guillard every few months, and this one will not be different from the others. Melvin Guillard was one of my favorite fighters back in the day, and I truly believe that had he perhaps been a bit more disciplined he could have been one of the best ever. But, unfortunately, that’s just not how his story goes.

Guillard traveled all the way to Melbourne, Australia to compete on the Australian Fighting Championship 20 card, against kickboxer and undefeated MMA prospect Israel Adesanya. Guillard was beat up and eventually stopped towards the end of the first round in a fight that wasn’t very competitive. Guillard fell to 32-19-2 with the loss, while Adesanya improved to 10-0. This loss was 6th in Guillards last seven fights, and he now hasn’t won a fight since defeating JZ Cavalcante in 2014.

Stories like this come out all the time. A once highly-regarded fighter, still showing up when his skills have perhaps left him. Hopefully Guillard can find a way out of this hole and end his career on a high note, but until then this will just be another unfortunate ending to what could have been a storied MMA career.

Tim Duncan takes up MMA training

Following a stellar NBA career, Tim Duncan has taken up MMA training to stay in shape. At over seven feet tall, and with his incredible athletic ability, the MMA world could have been in trouble had Duncan taken the sport up at a younger age.

Oluwale Bamgbose is not happy with Chris Weidman

The Holy War Angel, Oluewale Bamgbose, is pissed. Following a trip up to Law MMA, he felt disrespected by former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman and had some harsh words for him. Bamgbose stated that he humbled himself in an attempt to learn from Weidman and become his student, but instead Weidman chose to not train with him at all, instead claiming that he was suffering from back pain. Bamgbose used words like “selfish” and “rude” to describe Weidman, and later stated that he suspects the fact that they share a weight class as a reason for the diss. This could turn into a war of words here, but don’t expect a fight between the two anytime soon. Weidman is coming off an impressive win, while Bamgbose will likely be fighting for his roster spot in his next fight.

Friday Notebook Items…

-If you missed it, earlier this week Bellator announced they’ve added Paul Daley vs Lorenz Larkin and Adam Piccolotti vs. Goiti Yamauchi to Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull scheduled for Sept. 23 in San Jose, Calif.

-Spike TV aired an encore presentation of the Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva NYC card tonight.

-Retired pro wrestler Ric Flair told TMZ that Olympic Gold Medalist and Hall of Fame pro wrestler Kurt Angle would have made “a dope MMA fighter.”

NOW CHECK OUT YESTERDAY’S NEWS UPDATE: THURSDAY NEWS DIGEST 7/27: Cormier and Jones verbally spar at UFC 214 press conference, Dana responds to Lesnar-Jones talk (w/Hiscoe’s Analysis)

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