Pramit Mohapatra got in touch with Melvin Guillard a few days ago, which was a good idea because Melvin is always an entertaining guy with about 500 things to say. Quotes from this interview are already floating all over other MMA sites, but they’re all missing the best quote of all. Any time a fighter talks about “nuts on neck” action, you better believe we’ll post about it here at Fightlinker:
No, I can never understand that and nobody is ever going to make me understand that. He disrespected me after the fight. He put his nuts on the back of my head. When I catch him, I’m going to kick him in his [expletive deleted] nuts.
I can’t look at that and respect that. Because of the beef we have? Naw, I can’t. That’s honestly like me seeing him next time … and I spit in his face. My dad always told me if a man spit on you or slapped you, [expletive deleted] kill him. And if he put his nuts on my head on national TV, I’m going to [expletive deleted] kill him, period.
So, there’s no way I’m ever going to overlook that and be like, “Naw, it’s cool because we were having problems.” Hell no. I ain’t ever gonna let another man do that to me and get away with it.
Melvin seems to be one of those bullies from High School who thinks it’s okay to do whatever the fuck they want to you, but the second you do anything to them they just explode. As far as I’m concerned, as soon as you sucker punch someone you open the floodgates to all sorts of surprise retaliation, such as the aforementioned nuts-on-neck-gate.
When you think about that, it’s a pretty primal thing to do … I’m sure Desmond Morris would have a few things to say about the symbolism of such an act in relation to the animal world.