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Melvin Guillard didn’t leave BKFC 20 unscathed.
The former UFC lightweight contender suffered five fractures to his right orbital bone in his first-round knockout loss to fellow former UFC fighter Joe Riggs in the main event Saturday in Billings, Mont. Guillard was knocked out in just 59 seconds.
The 38-year-old announced the news of his injury Sunday morning.
Following the event, Guillard had surgery and has said he’s already discharged from the hospital.
The loss to Riggs was Guillard’s fourth straight defeat in bareknuckle boxing. He holds a record of 2-6 in since debuting in the sport in 2017. He’s 2-15 in his past 17 bouts in both MMA and bareknuckle boxing combined.
Guillard rose to prominence during his run in the UFC. “The Young Assassin” fought in the octagon for almost a decade, competing from 2005 to 2014. Guillard holds notable wins over Jeremy Stephens, Gleison Tibau, Evan Dunham and others.