UFC Fight Night 37: Michael Johnson Continues Winning Ways in Frustrating Bout Against Melvin Guillard
Lightweight Michael Johnson continued his resurgence in London, England at Fight Night 37 with a unanimous decision triumph over former training partner Melvin Guillard. Both men had their moments during the course of a contest that unfortunately didn’t produce the type of fireworks that many were anticipating. For Johnson, it was his third-consecutive victory, while for Guillard, it was a disappointing performance after a no-contest against Ross Pearson at Fight Night 30.
“The Menace” utilized leg kicks and a strong left hand in outworking Guillard during the 15 minutes of action. His best moments came in the second and third rounds when he was able to wobble Guillard with solid striking combinations. “The Young Assassin’s” best moment came in the opening stanza when he stunned Johnson with a solid right uppercut. However, Guillard simply wasn’t busy enough and paid for it on the judges’ scorecards as they had it 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 in Johnson’s favour. It was a surprisingly passive effort from Guillard given all the trash-talking heading into the contest and his performance drew the ire of UFC President Dana White.
Johnson is likely to improve upon his current No. 14 ranking as he has now posted consecutive victories over Guillard, Gleison Tibau and Joe Lauzon. Despite the win, he was clearly disappointed by the nature of the contest as he was upset Guillard didn’t stand and engage with him in a striking war. The crowd at O2 Arena also expressed their displeasure at times with the lack of action by raining down boos.
Johnson clearly is poised for a high-profile opportunity next thanks to his winning ways, while Guillard will have to do some soul searching after delivering the type of inconsistent effort that has plagued his career.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports.