In the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 30, lightweights Ross Pearson and Melvin Guillard were set to be battle in the fight that everyone had circled ahead of the event as the front-runner for Fight of the Night.
It is always dangerous to give a fight that much hype leading up to the event, but everyone felt fairly confident that the two men who love to strike would be able to put on a great show for the fans in Manchester, England.
Despite being booed by the English fans, Guillard appeared to be composed in the opening minutes as he was looking to strike first and land one of his big shots in the early going. Pearson was keeping his chin tucked and using his crisper technique to slip punches and look for openings with his head movement, but Guillard was able to find the target a few times as he was pushing forward.
A wild flying knee from Ross Pearson sent the English fighter to the mat, before Guillard threw two knees directly to the forehead of Pearson. Referee Marc Goddard called a halt to the action for what was called an illegal knee, but the first knee was clearly legal.
Unfortunately, Pearson dropped his hand to the mat for the second knee that opened a nasty gash that caused the fight to be brought to an end.
When the official ruling was handed down, the fight was ruled a no contest at 1:57 of the first round.
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