Melvin Guillard’s match-up with Ross Pearson was looking to be brilliant until an unfortunate exchange ended things on a low note. Guillard landed two knees on Pearson against the fence with one arguably coming a split second after his adversary put a hand on the ground, thus making the strike illegal. The shots opened a cut on Pearson’s head the medical staff felt was cause to end the outing and things were ruled a No Contest. The situation was a reminder that the rule relating to illegal knees needs to be tweaked to make an exception for inadvertent blows. If a fighter has clearly targeted an opponent with a hand on the ground, fine – it’s a penalty. If the strike happens to come during a heated attack with a tenth of a tick making the difference between legal/illegal, it should stand.
Every UFC event is an educational experience for all involved parties including those watching action unfold inside the Octagon. UFC Fight Night 30 was no exception, offering up lessons in the competitive prowess of the evening’s athletes, the state of MMA officiating, and a handful of other subjects. Here are five observations gleaned from the goings-on in Manchester… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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