UFC veteran Melvin Guillard was making his Bellator MMA debut on Friday night at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. Guillard was competing in the main event against Brandon Girtz, an opponent he hand-picked, but things did not go according to plan.
After three hard-fought rounds, Guillard watched Girtz have his hand raised in victory.
However, there could be an explanation for why the lightweight had such a poor showing in his promotional debut.
Not to take anything away from Girtz, but Guillard was in obvious pain after the bout. As it turns out, Guillard suffered an injury that will require surgery in the coming days.
Guillard’s coach at American Top Team, Din Thomas, took to social media to share a photo of Guillard’s hand after the bout.
According to Thomas, Guillard’s hand is “shattered.”
Judging by the photo, it is certainly a serious injury.
Guillard left the arena in a cast and will now wait for the surgery to take place.
After taking his time to heal, Guillard will return to the Bellator cage in hopes of getting his first win in the promotion while also snapping a two-fight losing streak.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Bellator MMA