BAMMA USA Signs MMA Veteran Mike ‘Joker’ Guymon to Multi-fight Contract



Former UFC Fighter Will Make His Lightweight Debut at Badbeat 5 Against Cris ‘The Lightning’ Leyva in main event on March 16

Following four fights under the brightest lights on the biggest stage of the sport, Mike “The Joker” Guymon found himself calling it quits and retiring at the age of 37. Now, he’s back with more focus than ever before and will be dropping down in weight to fight Cris “The Lightning” Leyva in a main event lightweight tussle at Badbeat 5 on March 16.

Guymon’s back and forth journey to attain a lifelong goal of fighting for the UFC® ended once he made the announcement he would no longer compete in mixed martial arts. A year has passed since he made that decision. He says that he is more dangerous now than he ever was before and he’s ready to drop to the lightweight division and destroy those in his path.

“People are really going to be scared of me at one fifty-five,” said Guymon during an interview with BAMMA USA. “I’m tearing people apart in the gym. My new medication is good; I shouldn’t have taken those last two fights in the UFC because I wasn’t right but now I am.”

Prior to stepping into the Octagon for his last appearance, Guymon suffered a minor setback that nearly resulted in hospitalization. According to Joker, he wasn’t dealing well with the medication he was on. It wasn’t allowing him to compete at his highest level possible and it wasn’t helping him deal with life outside of being a professional athlete.

The doctors wanted to change his medication up but it was too close to his upcoming bout with Yoshida and therefore they decided to increase the dosage instead.

Alternatively, the effects showed inside the cage and Guymon didn’t perform the way he is capable of. That has all changed. With the constant effort to better his style of life, Guymon has altered his medication and is now in the best shape, both physically and mentally, that he has ever been.

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Catch up with Mike “Joker” Guymon on The Road to 155 and his preparation for Badbeat 5

Mike “Joker” Guymon Interview