Ex-UFC contender Melvin Guillard suffers orbital fractures in KO loss at BKFC 20

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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.

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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.