Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson illegal knee (GIF)

August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Melvin Guillard before the start of the fight against Donald Cerrone (not pictured) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

We were all looking forward to the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 30 between Ross Pearson and Melvin Guillard, but one of the worst rules in mixed martial arts led to the end of the bout.

Guillard and Pearson were in a scramble against the cage, when Guillard delivered a big knee to the head of Pearson. The first knee appeared legal, but Pearson touched the mat with his hand and Guillard followed up with a second illegal knee that opened up a nasty gash on Pearson’s forehead and forced the bout to be ended.

The fight was declared a no contest.

Here are two looks at the illegal knee that brought an end to the bout:

GIF via GIFD Sports

GIF via GIFD Sports

GIF via GIFD Sports

GIF via GIFD Sports

Referee Marc Goddard did make the right call in this fight, so it’s not fair to criticize him for his decision. He was right. The issue here is that the hand on the ground rule in MMA is something that needs to go.

The good news is that Guillard and Pearson are both going to earn their show and win bonus, according to UFC officials.

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Topics: Melvin Guillard, Ross Pearson, UFC Fight Night 30

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  • CaptainSensible

    They’ll get rid of that rule right after they allow stomping a grounded opponent. So you know, never.

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