Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson were looking to entertain the fans of England today. The bout was exciting from the start. Both traded some heavy leather. But Guillard would throw an illegal knee to Pearson, who was on the ground with his hand on the mat. Pearson suffered a cut from the illegal knee, and the ref called the bout a no-contest.
This is devastating news for both fighters, as they were looking to put on a great show for the England fans. Melvin looked good in this fight, and he was on the verge of winning until the illegal knee landed. Hopefully, this bout can be re-booked, so both fighters can get a chance to prove who the better fighter is.
Guillard was hoping to keep his momentum going in the lightweight division. Pearson was looking to do the same thing, and this could have been a fun one for the fans. Now, they will have to wait that much longer to get inside the octagon again to improve their records. The call was correctly made by the ref, who was right near the action to deem that Guillard’s shot was illegal.
If there is anything to learn from this fight, it’s that the no knees to a grounded opponent rule needs to be changed. So many times have we seen fighters land illegal shots when the other opponent barely gets their hands on the mat in time. It’s not the best rule, and it certainly restricts fighters from executing when they have a strategic position on their opponents.