Melvin Guillard, Ross Pearson Rematch After Unsatisfactory No-Contest

By Rick LaFitte


Melvin Guillard
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After a highly disappointing finish to their co-main event at UFC Fight Night 30 in England, lightweights Ross Pearson and Melvin Guillard will get a chance to settle their score in a rematch. The UFC was quick to announce that the two fighters would meet again on March 8, at London’s O2 Arena. The fight in Manchester ended in the opening round after Pearson sustained a severe cut to his forehead after taking an illegal knee from Guillard. The incident was totally accidental as Pearson was attempting to get to his feet while being pushed up against the cage. The first knee from “The Young Assassin” was legal but the second came while Pearson still had his hand on the canvas. As a result the verdict was a no-contest. Both fighters expressed their frustration over the bout ending in that manner.

The two hard-hitting lightweights both expressed the desire to meet again in the wake of the unsatisfying conclusion and the UFC was quick to act. They were just starting to get warmed up when the proceedings came to an end. Their fight in March looms as a battle that could potentially be a Fight of the Night contender as both competitors have solid striking games. Guillard is the more devastating of the two as he has posted 20 career knockouts.

While the fighters were dismayed at not having the chance to earn bonus money and put on a show for the crowd in Manchester before the match came to an abrupt ending, you can bank that both will be poised to deliver the goods in the rematch. The fight in March will be part of an event that will also feature an important light heavyweight matchup between Alexander Gustafsson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports

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