The co-main event of UFC Fight Night 30: "Machida vs. Munoz" last night (Sat., Oct. 26, 2013) on Fox Sports 2 at Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England, featured Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson thrilling fans with an explosive display of mixed martial arts (MMA) action that was thwarted by an illegal knee (or two).
Early in the bout, the two went to the mat and on the way back up, Guillard fired off a couple big knees, while Pearson was attempting to game the system by ensuring he had a couple fingers touching the mat.
The strategy worked, in a sense. The referee stopped the bout, "The Real Deal" had a massive cut on his forehead, and the proceedings were brought to a close. The result? A highly unsatisfying no contest.
But, was the knee illegal? "Young Assassin" doesn't seem to think so, as he revealed in his interview on the post-fight show:
"It was a close call. It could have been a hairline faster. I watched it and I thought it was legal because he went limp and was out already. I never would intentionally hurt one of my opponents. He's a friend of mine. It's a grey area. Rules are rules. They are there to protect us. I've been in MMA since before they had rules. I grew up with the sport and the rules are there to protect us. I was penalized by it and it was ruled a no contest. It sucks. I had him hurt and I could have finished him. I want to fight someone else now. I want to keep fighting. I want to fight on the December 28 card in Vegas, but I'll fight Ross again when he's ready. I'll come back to England."
You can click here to watch the video to judge for yourself. It's certainly close, no doubt about that.
The interesting thing here is Guillard's wish to fight someone else in his next bout, one that was not granted. That's because UFC wasted no time revealing the rematch would take place next March in London on the under card of the Alexander Gustafsson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira headliner that was also announced today.