Pearson vs Guillard controversy
That was the decision in the co-main event of the evening in
Manchester, England as the lightweight match-up between British
favorite Ross Pearson and Melvin Guillard was marred by
A little over 90 seconds in the bout, Pearson attempted a flying
knee attack that Guillard defended, partially catching him in the
air. The two fell to the canvas, Guillard getting to his feet
first, where he unloaded a pair of quick, powerful knees to the
head of Pearson. Referee Marc Goddard jumped in to stop the action
right away, a sizable gash having opened on Pearson’s
The doctor assessed the cut and deemed Pearson unable to
continue (he needed 32 stitches to close the wound after the bout)
and bout was waved off, declared a No Contest, as Goddard
identified Pearson as a downed opponent when the second knee
connected, an unintentional foul according to the Unified Rules of
Mixed Martial Arts.
Replays would show that while the first knee was legal, the
second blow was close, as Pearson’s hand appears to reach the
floor after Guillard is in the process of throwing the fight-ending
At the post-fight press conference, UFC executive Garry Cook
announced the two would face each other in a rematch when the UFC
returns to London on March 8, 2014.
Check out the video above and decide for yourself – was it
an illegal blow or did the referee make the wrong call?