WSOF president Ray Sefo held nothing back when discussing Melvin Guillard’s removal from this Friday’s fight card.
Guillard was slated to meet Ozzy Dugulubgov in WSOF 20’s co-main event on the televised NBC Sports Network card. On Monday, the WSOF announced that the veteran lightweight was pulled from the fight because he failed to turn his his medicals at the proper time.
During a conference call with media on Wednesday, Sefo further explained why the organization made the decision to bar Guillard from competing at the event.
“Like I told his managers, from day one, his first fight in World Series of Fighting, he missed weight and came up with some sort of excuse. Listen, I’m the guy that fights for the fighters all the time. But when a fighter’s unprofessional and doesn’t live up to his obligations to his contract, I want to be the first one to, you know, to step up and say something.
“So he missed weight for his first fight. He missed weight for a world title fight. He put us at risk in terms of, I mean, what happened if he won that fight? And then, our PR team has reached out to him and his management team several times to do PR, and he completely ignores that. And then he goes off and does his own interview with somebody else and trash talks the company. I’m not going to tolerate that kind of behavior.
“And then, he was given a deadline which was going to be last Friday for his medicals and that didn’t happen. And then, Ali [Abdel-Aziz] sent out an e-mail saying that if he doesn’t have his medicals by 10 o’clock Monday morning, then he was going to be pulled from the card. And I think 10, 11, 11:30, 12, we still hadn’t heard anything from his management team, nor had we heard anything from him.
“So, I sent out an e-mail basically detailing all of the things I just said. And they left me no choice but to pull him from the card. Funny enough, five, ten minutes later, we get a phone call from his team, but we don’t hear from Melvin.
“So it’s just one of these things, if you want to be a fighter, you want to be a professional fighter, then be professional. You’re getting paid good money to fight and we signed you to a good contract. So it’s just unprofessional.
“I’ve been in this game for a long time. I’ve had 101 fights and there’s not one time that I was unprofessional in any fight, even when I was an amateur. And again, I’m not going to tolerate anybody that’s going to be unprofessional when we’re doing everything we can to try and help you.”
Sefo added that he plans to meet with Guillard’s management team next week and “we’ll see where we go from there.”
WSOF 20 shuffled the main card and moved lightweights Nick Newell and Joe Condon into the co-main event following Guillard’s removal. Guillard’s opponent Ozzy Dugulubgov will now meet Lucas Montoya.
The event will air live from the Foxwoods Casino and Resort’s Grand Theater on NBC Sports Network on Friday, Apr. 10 beginning at 9:00 p.m. EST/6:00 p.m. PST.