Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson were supposed to be the evening’s fireworks. In a sense they were, but not for the expected reasons.
The bout became the night’s controversy after an illegal Guillard knee led to a no contest ruling after only 1:57 of action in the UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz co-main event.
The end came during a blur of violence. Pearson launched a flying knee attack that Guillard evaded before catching him and turning it into a takedown. As Pearson tried to get up, Guillard fired off a pair of knees. In the blur, the referee Marc Goddard stepped in, believing one or both were illegal.
As it turned out, Pearson suffered a huge cut on his forehead, and Goddard ruled he couldn’t continue. A look at the replay showed the first knee was likely legal, but on the second, it looked as though Pearson’s hand was on the canvas.
As a result, the foul was ruled accidental, making it a no contest.
“I’m disappointed but not beat,” Pearson said. “It was an illegal attack but it happens in this sport.”
RT @olivercopp Both Pearson and Guillard will be receiving their show and win money according to Zuffa’s Michael Mersch. Good call!