Sherdog.com is reportingthat Melvin “the Young Assassin” Guillard has been forced to drop out of his Feb 3rd fight with Dustin Hazelett due to a hand injury. Ken Pavia confirmed to Sherdog that his client Diego Saraiva will indeed take Guillard’s spot in the lightweight bout. According to Sherdog.com:
Melvin Guillard has been forced to withdraw from a fight against Ohioan Dustin Hazelett scheduled for Feb. 3 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Guillard, a rising lightweight, suffered an apparent hand injury that will prevent him from competing at UFC 67.
Ken Pavia, the agent for Guillard’s replacement Diego Saraiva, confirmed to Sherdog.com that his charge will indeed take Guillard’s spot against Hazelett. This will be the first UFC contest for the Atlanta, Ga.-based Saraiva (9-3-1).
Saraiva was originally brought in to possibly replace Spencer Fisher in his fight against Hermes Franca. It was feared that Spencer might not be able to fight due to a knee injury. It was confirmed by Ken Pavia that Diego would not be taking Spencer’s spot and that Spencer will tough it out. Spencer says that the whole thing was blown out of proportion. I think if you have a show as big as the UFC has, you can never be too careful, especially if you have the money to spend.
Although Guillard is a crowd pleaser and is always entertaining to watch, his fight was probably not going to be televised anyways so it is good to get a young up and comer in there for his first fight and see what he can do. If Ken Pavia is backing him, the boy is for real.
It is still not known the extent of Guillard’s hand injury. As soon as I hear something I will pass it along. Keep checking back to MMAlowdown.com for all the latest news, rumors, updates, and recaps.