Two months before UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard announced via Twitter that he was returning to Team Jackson-Winkeljohn in Albuquerque, N.M., the gym's leaders voted to keep him from doing so.
Guillard (30-12-2 MMA, 11-7 UFC) had inquired about a potential reunion through former teammates, who then passed word to the gym's administration. The vote was unanimous.
"The Young Assassin" had angered the team in interviews he gave about a move this past year to Florida's "Blackzilians" team, a source close to the MMA team told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
Adding to concerns, Guillard has two outstanding assault charges against him from separate incidents in Albuquerque in 2010, records show.
So when the fighter sent his tweet on Sunday – "Im no longer a blackzillian I went back to where I belong Jackson's," he wrote – the team was caught off guard.
"He's not allowed back here,"
said the source, who asked for anonymity given the sensitive nature of the talks and the team's history with the fighter.